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Enterprising Nottingham Business School students take on Nottingham Trent University £10 Challenge to raise money for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre




Enterprising directors packed a punch for cancer research after they were set a fundraising challenge.

Nottingham Business School team Dozen Directors took on the Nottingham Trent University annual £10 Challenge, with the aim of raising as much money as possible in ten days.

Along with their mentor, Newark businesswoman Leisa Pickles, they came up with an innovative knockout to the competition, where members of the public were charged 50p to punch a boxing pad.

Team Dozen Directors, receiving the prize for most innovative idea for the £10 challenge were, left to right, Shresth Gupta, student, mentor Leisa Pickles and student Omar Bilgin Mawson.
Team Dozen Directors, receiving the prize for most innovative idea for the £10 challenge were, left to right, Shresth Gupta, student, mentor Leisa Pickles and student Omar Bilgin Mawson.

The team were awarded the most innovative idea and were runners-up for the most money raised.

Omar Bilgin Mawson, team member, said the £593.70 raised would go a long way for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre at Nottingham Trent University, and that he was proud to be involved.

“The reason I wanted to get involved was to have the opportunity to test my entrepreneurial skills,” he said.

Newark business woman is mentor for a Nottingham Trent University challenge to raise money for cancer research at the university.
Newark business woman is mentor for a Nottingham Trent University challenge to raise money for cancer research at the university.

“My mum also had cancer last year so it is something that was close to my heart.

“We got some people to open up about it and they were hitting the pad with a lot of anger.

“The challenge was quite a commitment but it was also great fun.”

Dozen Directors also set up a JustGiving page and social media campaign to draw attention to their mission.

Newark business woman is mentor for a Nottingham Trent University challenge to raise money for cancer research at the university.
Newark business woman is mentor for a Nottingham Trent University challenge to raise money for cancer research at the university.

It was the sixth time the challenge took place, with all 150 students involved managing to pool a total of£7,149.19.

Leisa, one of 30 Institute of Directors mentors, said she was blown away by the amount of money her team raised.

“Now the students that took part are members of the Student Institute of Directors,” she said.

“They gained a variety of skills and hopefully they have a real sense of pride that they did something amazing.”

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