Businesses are urged to put CHILDREN 1st by entering Dragon’s Glen

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Scotland’s businesses are being encouraged to take part in a charity fundraiser that shows they’re putting CHILDREN 1ST.

The country’s leading child welfare charity is urging firms to get involved in the Dragons’ Glen challenge, inspired by the popular TV show Dragons’ Den. Teams of colleagues have to come up with a brilliant money-making idea and pitch it to some of Scotland’s brightest business brains. Successful teams get £500 start up money and compete to see who can raise the most for Scotland’s vulnerable children and families.

The competition is running in the Highlands and Moray, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh – and there are just a few weeks left to enter.

Jo Bucci, managing director at People’s Postcode Lottery, is one of the dragons in the capital this year.

She said: “Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £2.9 million for CHILDREN 1ST to date. This provides the charity with a flexible form of fundraising which allows CHILDREN 1ST to invest the money where they need it most. Being part of the Dragons’ Glen team is a great opportunity to explore new fundraising ideas whilst continuing to ensure that children and young people in Scotland have the happy and safe childhood they deserve.”

Last year teams participating in the challenge raised almost £60,000 for CHILDREN 1ST.

Chief executive Alison Todd said: “As the RSSPCC and now as CHILDREN 1ST we’ve been working to ensure that every child enjoys a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood. To do this we need to use the time and talents of a wide range of people. I’ve been amazed at the enthusiasm of Scotland’s business community for Dragons’ Glen. They tell us this offers them an excellent staff development opportunity as well as a way to raise money for vulnerable children. I can’t wait to see who enters this year and what ideas they come up with.”

The competition starts in September and is open to teams of up to 10 people. To take part contact or call 0131 319 8069.