Million Makers – the Awards
Last Wednesday the Admiral Million Makers team attended the prestigious Prince’s Trust awards ceremony in London and took home two amazing awards; the regional awards - Wales for Million Makers (for raising more money than any other team), as well as a teamwork award!
Million Makers is an inter-company challenge where different teams from companies around the UK compete to raise as much money as they can for the Prince’s Trust within 6 months. The challenge focuses on encouraging teamwork and entrepreneurial development among the teams, and teams are paired with internal and external business mentors. Teams must develop an accurate business plan, present it to a panel of judges, then provide regular updates throughout the six-month period. Admiral has raised over £1m in all the time it has been competing in Million Makers, and this year the national total was £2.2m!
The team were greeted at the Palladium with a red-carpet reception followed by live music and the awards themselves. A whole host of celebrities were in attendance with Philip Schofield and Fearne Cotton hosting, as well as big names like Tinie Tempah, Clara Amfo, Luke Evans, and the Prince of Wales himself, greeting the winners and handing out the awards.
‘’Hearing the testimonies of the people helped by the Trust, who have suffered such unbelievable hardships, have endured so much trauma and pain, and yet have overcome them and gone on to lead happy, fulfilling lives was a deeply moving experience. Many of those helped by the Trust are now involved as volunteers or as full-time staff, helping to continue the cycle of care and attention.
With a closing speech by the Prince, a standing ovation for the winners and all involved, and yet more music, the afternoon drew to a close’’ - Owen, a member of the Million Makers.
‘’Part two saw us decamp to the glitzy West End for our own awards ceremony. Here too we heard how after years of severe personal tragedy, the Trust had helped our host turn her life around, from substance abuse and rough sleeping to a steady job with a reputable employer – Aisa’s story was an inspiration to us all.
‘’Then it was on to the awards… Despite tough competition, we held our own, seeing off our regional rivals by a healthy margin, and deservedly going on to claim the Teamwork Award. Although we were short of the winning total, we still played an important role in raising the overall £2.2 million.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your donations, your hard work during David’s Challenge, and your commitment to raising so much for this excellent cause. Without you, we couldn’t have done it! Seeing how far the money you donated and raised goes and how it has helped and continues to help vulnerable young people around the country was truly humbling.’’