South Wales businesses line up for the challenge this summer – 2015 is best year yet for Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Corporate £50 Challenge!

Tuesday 16th June 2015

2015 heralds Gwent Wildlife Trust’s best year as more businesses than ever before sign up to support GWT’s Corporate £50 Challenge.

This annual challenge, now in its third year, allows businesses of all sizes to raise as much money as they can over twelve weeks with a £50 seed fund. Last year, Gabb & Co, solicitors, won with a host of fundraising events that raised over £600 for GWT. Currently the Corporate £50 Challenge allows businesses large and small, from diverse sectors such as HR, video production and veterinary, to help raise money for vital work that GWT undertakes to help ensure a living landscape for all. This year, more than 14 businesses are hoping to steal the top slot from Gabb & Co with a range of innovative ideas including a pop-up restaurant, a huge raffle and the sale of donated wellies.

Participating businesses met at Ancre Hill Estate in Monmouth to receive their £50 seed fund and hear from GWT’s CEO Ian Rappel about how the funds they raise will help protect and promote Gwent’s wildlife. Participating businesses were treated to a tour of the award-winning vineyard, which is organic and run on Biodynamic principles. Debbie Stenner is running the challenge for Gwent Wildlife Turst and commented, “This is a great way to support Gwent Wildlife Trust, who are doing excellent work to protect the biodiversity of this region that is so important to businesses as well as local people and visitors.”

Jodie Read, from Penarth Management, which is one of ten businesses from Cardiff’s Business Network International to sign up for the challenge said, “I’m going to use my seed fund literally, as I’m using it to buy seeds! I’m hoping that by selling wildflower seeds, I can directly support the aims of GWT as well as raising funds to enable them to continue their work.”

Photo: Richard Morris of Ancre Hill and Jodie Read of Penarth Management (left) receive their £50 seed fund from GWT Chief Executive, Ian Rappel (right).

If you’d like to enter the challenge with your business there is still time: visit www.gwentwildlife.org/Corporate-50-Challenge or email GWT Senior Fundraising & Partnerships Officer, Debbie Stenner on dstenner@gwentwildlife.org or call 01600 740600.

To find out more about Gwent Wildlife Trust or to support its important work in Gwent, please visit www.gwentwildlife.org.