The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield

Welwyn and Hatfield MP congratulates local Dragons’ Apprentice Award winners

Local MP Grant Shapps has congratulated four sixth form students from Onslow St Audrey’s School, Hatfield, on winning one of the top awards in this year’s Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge.

‘Team Identity’; Abbie Yates, Charlie Jay, Amy Ellis-Hall and Tammy Mills were one of several teams who faced the challenge of turning £100 into £1000 + for local charities over a six month period.

With ‘Dragon’ Natalie Cummings of media company My Mustard, Team Identity raised over £1600 for Resolve, a local charity based in Welwyn Garden City that supports people with alcohol and substance abuse problems. Much of the money was raised at a Dance-a-Thon in January at The Woodhall Community Centre in Welwyn Garden City, in which over 150 people took part.

“Dragons’ Apprentice is most definitely a fantastic way of engaging aspiring entrepreneurs to work on a project where there is so much mutual benefit; where they can learn much more than they ever could through simple theoretical studies, and develop some understanding of charities and how they work,” said Joe Heeney, Resolve Manager.

Grant, who is a patron of Resolve, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Team Identity won a top award in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. I met the members of the team when they were just embarking on their challenge and I knew then from their energy and enthusiasm that this would be a great success.”

L-R: Amy Ellis-Hall, Charlie Jay, Natalie Cumming, Rebecca McCann, Grant Shapps MP, Elaine Whitehead, Tammy Mills, Joe Heeney, Abbie Yeates

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