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Mears takes on The Prince’s Trust Challenge

Mears is taking on The Prince’s Trust ‘Million Makers Challenge’ in a bid to raise £30,000 and help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people around the country.The Prince’s Trust provides vital services for young people to improve their skills, confidence and help them increase their chances of getting a job and a better life. The Million Makers Challenge is an entrepreneurial fundraising challenge which sees companies across the UK competing to raise at least £10,000 or more over a period of six months. Collectively, teams aim to raise £1,000,000.The Mears ‘Smile Makers’ team aim to raise £30,000 by selling scratch cards, and hope to beat the highest ever amount raised within the Yorkshire and Humberside region.At the launch of Mears’ challenge, Eriko Kobayashi from The Prince’s Trust said: “We are very happy for Mears to be taking part in the Million Makers Challenge. The funds raised for the challenge help transform lives of so many young people.“The challenge is a showcase of entrepreneurship and creativity, and Mears definitely have a unique and innovative idea which we haven’t seen in the competition before. I can’t wait to see the potential of this idea realised.”Tracey Lyth, who leads Mears’ Social Value work, said: “We are proud to support the Prince’s Trust for all the fantastic work they do for young people, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to get involved with the challenge. Our Smile Makers team is encouraging everyone in Mears to get involved to raise as much as we can to reach our fundraising target.”The significance of the funds raised was emphasised by Prince’s Trust’s Ambassador Jordan Smith, who received help from the Prince’s Trust, after being born prematurely and developing cerebral palsy. He now volunteers his time to raise awareness of the value of the charity’s services, which he said are vitally important for young people who are at the brink of losing all hope.“The Trust has given me a purpose in life, and if it wasn’t for their support, I probably wouldn’t be alive today.”


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