Outstanding fundraising by Aspire folk that included a gruelling north to south coast ‘Wild’ trek in Devon; a Rob Roy he-man challenge in Scotland; and the small matter of selling £7,000 worth of samosas; means the West Midlands region of the Prince’s Trust is better off to the tune of £29,000.
The bumper amount was handed over Thursday 29 October inside International House at a special presentation evening attended by Prince’s Trust VIPs and a broad band of Aspire people who have supporting the Trust over the past year.
Prince’s Trust Commercial Manager for the West Midlands Adrian Thacker accepted the cheque from Capgemini VP and Chair of Aspire’s Prince’s Trust Steering Committee Simon Pearson (pictured above).
“It’s a superb effort and thank you to everyone from the Prince’s Trust,” said Adrian. “Not only are you making a difference by advocating the talents of young people, you are helping the Prince’s Trust embed itself in the local communities. Capgemini is really helping us make a difference.”
Recognising the personal contribution by many colleagues to achieve such a sum of money, Simon Pearson also pointed to a number of firsts.
“I’m proud of what Aspire has achieved locally and we are also the first in Capgemini to embrace the Team and Enterprise Programmes as part of our employee development,” said Simon. “I’m really proud of the personal journeys people have made and even my own involvement has exceeded my expectations.”
Another special guest at the presentation was Telford-based Young Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust James Trezise who shared his story about how the Team Programme brought new focus and confidence to his life following his troubles with depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and insomnia.
James echoed the Trust’s sentiments thanking Capgemini for the fundraising but also the volunteering efforts by the ADA members who each devoted time to support the many Team Programmes in the Midlands region.
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