Charity Announces Return of The Apprentice-Style Challenge for Local Businesses in 2022

​Charlie House challenges local businesses to invest £100 in an 8-week challenge to raise funds for local families.

Charlie House has announced that The Apprentice-style Challenge ‘Venture’ will make a return in early 2022 after a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is encouraging businesses within the North-East to get involved. Venture challenges teams put forward by local businesses just eight weeks to invest £100 and generate as much income as possible to support the charity. All funds support Charlie House’s ‘Big Build Appeal’, a campaign started in 2018 to raise £8million for a specialist support centre on the grounds of Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.

The winning team receive the coveted ‘Venture Team 2022’ trophy with the winning team members securing a place on business mentor Bob Keiller’s Business Storytelling course, generously donated by Mr Keiller. The course is valued at £1,000, gives delegates the ability to boost marketing efforts for their business to achieve greater success.

Local business mentor and Venture supporter Bob Keiller says: “Signing up for Charlie House Venture 2022 is a great way to light the entrepreneurial spark in an organisation. More than ever, companies need to be innovative, imaginative, and flexible. The teams that enter Venture 2022 will need to be resourceful, smart, and committed – just the sort of qualities most organisations need today.

He went on to say: it’s a great cause, great for you and your company and great for the team members. And for the winners, a great opportunity to learn game-changing skills." 

2019 saw The Ledingham Chalmers team, crowned Charlie House Venture 2019 champions. Speaking of her involvement in last year’s challenge, Jennifer Young, Partner at Ledingham Chalmers, said: “Charlie House does such magnificent work for families in the North-East, and I’m just one of the people from our firm involved with the charity. Colleagues from across the firm came together and worked as a team on a business plan. I think it’s fair to say that everyone who took part pushed themselves a little, found out more about what they were capable of, and we all had a great deal of fun along the way raising money for such an important cause.”

Susan Crighton, Director of fundraising for Charlie House, says: “Our inaugural Venture challenge in 2019 saw all of the teams come up with incredible ideas, we were blown away by it all really. Ideas included selling a mindfulness colouring book, braving staff fears with a visit from a giant python, a talk from a Channel 4 reality TV star and a one-off piece of artwork incorporating hand-drawn images from the families we support. We are so excited to see what the Venture 2022 teams bring.”

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Most importantly, teams will not only help raise vital funds for Charlie House’s Big Build Appeal, but they will help spread awareness about the vital support we currently carry out every day with families across North-East Scotland.” she said.

Venture 2022 kicks off on Monday 31st January, with teams racing for the top spot for 8 weeks.

To receive a free information and sign-up pack, email or call 01224 313333. To find out more about the Charlie House Big Build Appeal visit:

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