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Double Prince’s Trust award win for NGN

Dionne Allick, Bronte Best, Suzanne Townsend and Lucy Parkinson collect NGN's awards at the Prince's Trust Million Makers Regional Final in Manchester.

The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), has scooped two out of four awards at The Prince’s Trust Million Makers challenge regional finals, which took place in Manchester last night.

Five teams from across the gas network took part in the challenge. Their imagination and ingenuity helped them to raise stacks of cash and scooped them the Innovation Award.  It also saw Dionne Allick, project support analyst at NGN, who headed up team Innovate, win the Outstanding Individual Award.

The Prince’s Trust Million Makers challenge is an entrepreneurial fundraising competition, which sees talented teams from companies across the country competing to raise money for disadvantaged young people.

Each team attempted to take a seed pot of £500 and grow it in just six months. The NGN team collectively raised a superb total of £11,000. The challenge got underway in June 2014 and concluded in December during which time teams organised a host of fundraising activities for the worthy cause.

NGN’s Dionne Allick and team Innovate organised a Tour de France-themed French cuisine day, a cupcake bake sale, a dance-a-thon and designed and produced NGNs 2015 calendar, generating more than £4,500 in total.

Dionne said: “It was an action packed few months which proved to be great fun and everyone pitched in.  We’re delighted to win both awards, it’s a true reflection of the hard work that each team has put into this challenge.”

Laura Shaw, innovation governance officer at NGN, headed up team Ignite.  She tapped into her hi-tech supply chain to source some amazing raffle prizes and raised over £2,600.

Other activities included a World Cup sweepstake, sports-selfie initiative, and much more.

The overall winner at each Regional Final will now be invited to the National Awards in March. The team that raises the most money will be crowned the winner but recognition is also given to teams voted most innovative and entrepreneurial, as well as Outstanding Individuals nominated by the teams.

For more information go to www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk