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‘Apprentice’ bid to help homeless kids

PROJECT MANAGER -- Tony Gibney (second from left), manager of the Hucknall branch of The Nottingham, talks tactics for the Apprentice-style initiative with Terri Hanson, Natalie Dunne and Kirsty Thorne

PROJECT MANAGER -- Tony Gibney (second from left), manager of the Hucknall branch of The Nottingham, talks tactics for the Apprentice-style initiative with Terri Hanson, Natalie Dunne and Kirsty Thorne

EMPLOYEES of Nottingham Building Society — including the branch on Hucknall High Street — are hoping not to hear the dreaded words, ‘You’re fired’.

They are taking part in a competition based on the TV show, ‘The Apprentice’, to boost the homelessness organisation, Framework.

Hucknall branch manager Tony Gibney says the society has worked with Framework for nearly two years.

He added: “We believe this initiative will offer an insight into the work they do and that is why the society decided to help them.”

Two teams have been formed. One of them, Team X, captained by Sarah Wallace, represents the society branches in Hucknall, Arnold, Carlton, Chesterfield, Mapperley, North Hykeham and Stapleford.

The other, Team Y, skippered by Jayne Shepherdson, covers the branches in Nottingham city, Beeston, Dinnington, Mansfield, Netherfield, Sutton and Worksop.

Up to Thursday, December 13, the teams are asked to sell Framework as a ‘fantastic charity to support’.

They will receive donations of specific goods to be given as gifts to the needy. They will take photos of the businesses and customers donating the items, which will include toys and other items for new-born babies and children up to three years old, as well as gloves, sleeping bags and cup-sized flasks.

Other suggested gifts are Christmas food items such as plum duff and mince pies as well as four microwaves and two slow cookers.

The winning team will be the one that collects most, if not all, of the items listed, acts with integrity, uses ‘tools’ available to them, plans and prepares a good plan of action and, most of all, has lots of fun.

‘Curve balls’ will be thrown along the way and there are briefings today (Friday) and next Thursday.

As in the TV programme, it will end in a boardroom where all the donated items will be delivered to a social hub and unwrapped. Feedback will be provided by observers Lorraine ‘Margaret’ Giddings, Sue ‘Nick’ Owen and Lisa ‘Brady’ Bullen.

The climax will be a confrontation with the competition’s version of Lord Sugar, ‘Sire’ Simon Taylor.

 

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