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Dragons' Glen Success

People's Postcode Lottery team win Children 1st's Dragons' Glen challenge

Staff from People's Postcode Lottery have won a Scotland-wide competition for entrepreneurs, raising over £11,500 for charity with a nutritious recipe book.

Over the course of five months, the group created and distributed the recipe book which provided a healthier spin on takeaway favourites.

Between October and March, teams across Scotland competed to win Children 1st's Dragons' Glen challenge by raising as much money as possible to protect and support children and their families recovering from trauma and abuse.

In total the challenge raised over £45,000 to help Children 1st work alongside children and families through its local and Scotland-wide services, including ParentLine, the national digital family support service. Since 2012, teams taking part in Dragons' Glen have raised over £400,000 to support this vital work.

People's Postcode Lottery team captain Nicola Flockhart said, "It was an amazing achievement by the team and a great collective effort. I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us over the past five months - we couldn't have done this without you."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "The team did an amazing job and they really got everyone at People's Postcode Lottery involved with this entrepreneurial challenge. I'm very proud of what they’ve achieved in such a short time and to do it all for such a worthy cause is just fantastic."

Director of Fundraising for Children 1st, Barbara Kidd, said, "We want to congratulate all the teams for raising such a phenomenal amount for children and families across Scotland. It's ten years since players of People's Postcode Lottery began supporting us to help families keep children safer and enable them to thrive – so it’s particularly special for the staff team from People’s Postcode Lottery to win Dragons' Glen in this anniversary year."

Other award winners included:

  • Runner Up – EY
  • Most Future Promise – Blackadders LLP
  • Most Innovative – Thorntons Law

Dragons' Glen is Scotland's entrepreneurial challenge for businesses. Teams have been mentored by Dragons including Ruth Chandler (Chief People Officer at Skyscanner), Rob Letham (Finance Director at People's Postcode Lottery) and Catherine Simpson (Head of Operations at Scottish Equity Partners). Their challenge was to create a product and establish a business using £500 seed funding from Children 1st. The goal was to generate as much profit for the charity as possible in just five months.

All funds raised by the teams go directly to help protect vulnerable children and support families across Scotland. Thanks to generous supporters such as the Dragons' Glen teams, Children 1st were able to support 11,000 children and families last year.

Dragons' Glen is a unique opportunity for companies to promote staff engagement and development. This year 100% of participants reported an improvement in leadership, strategic thinking and communication.

The competition continues to grow in popularity and takes part in five cities across Scotland: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Children 1st is now accepting entries for the 2018-19 challenge, which starts in October.

To find out more about Dragons' Glen, please visit www.children1st.org.uk/dragons-glen.

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