Our annual fundraiser event, Capita Challenge, took place on Saturday 14th May, raising over £32,000 for The Prince's Trust.
The event brought together colleagues from across the business for a fun-filled adventure race at our jointly-owned Entrust Outdoor Education Centre in Shugborough, Staffordshire. As we approach two years of partnership with The Prince’s Trust, the money raised through the Capita Challenge brings our partnership total to over £600,000.
47 teams of four competed for the chance to be crowned Challenge champions and employees travelled from far and wide to take part in the day, including a team all the way from our offices in Poland. The sunny day started with a 20 strong Samba band performance from Batala Mersey to get teams ready for the Rio Olympics inspired day, followed by our Army Outreach Team's warm-up activity.
The challenge itself involved activities are varied as puzzles, quizzes, kayaking, climbing, shooting, orienteering, and inflatable assault courses. Musician Tom Crouch, who was helped by The Prince’s Trust himself, rounded the day off with a fantastic performance whilst participants enjoyed a Rio inspired lunch.
Employees volunteered on the day from across the business and The Prince’s Trust helped out too, entering a team of Prince's Trust ambassadors, and delivering an inspirational talk to remind our people what their fantastic fundraising goes towards.
I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the Capita Challenge 2016! It was an amazing day, and a joy to see so many people come out to support The Prince’s Trust. Many young people within the UK are in desperate need of a second chance in life, but the funds you raised will give them this opportunity as we help disadvantaged young people into employment, education or training. We are really grateful for your continued support.
Deji Akande, Corporate Partnerships Manager, The Prince's Trust
Winners of the awards categories were:
Overall Winners - The Return of the Four Non Bonds Part IV (Sasha Cotterill, Andy Edwards, Dan Smith and Mike Scott from Capita Life and Pensions)
Top fundraisers - Commercial Carnivores (Benita Meehan, Martin McCloskey, Bryn Case and Emma Marsh from GRHQ)
Top male team - Copacabana Cowboys (Peter Clark, Bruce Strang, Simon McKeown and Mark Brown from Group Sales, Updata, DSS and Integrated Services)
Top female team - The Pension Princesses (Joanna Forrest, Rachel Green, Gabrielle Scuffham and Katie Cooke from Group Finance)
Best dressed - Marketing Macaws (Catherine Allard, Joe Jones, Dean Simmons and Bex Ellis from Capita Children's Services)