The Swansway Gingerbread Enterprise Challenge all in support of The Stoke Gingerbread Centre, a local charity that supports homeless families in the city and surrounding area, finally came to an end last week.

The twelve teams who took part came to the centre for a presentation of certificates and awards by Leah Hodgkinson representing the event sponsors Swansway Group. Each team had been given £50 and was asked to turn the initial investment into as much money as possible by any means that was safe, legal and ethical. Between them they raised an amazing £5081.

Top honours went to Tunstall based Una Health Limited who were the most successful individual team and also took the prize in the small business category raising a fantastic £1058. Runner up small business was Stone based Woolcool who raised £375. Winner of the large business category was Trentham Lakes based Blue Bay Travel whose four teams raised £1857 with Swansway Group who raised £1210 across their three teams taking the runner up spot.

Other award winners included Uttoxeter based Heath House Kitchen and Trentham based Top Banana Group, each winning innovation awards for creativity.

“We have been amazed by the innovative ideas and amazing range of activities that the teams got up to in order to raise money”, said Chris Belyavin fundraiser at The Gingerbread Centre. “We’ve seen car washes, tuck shops, a 5-a-side football tournament, online shops, delicious desserts, a sale of designer clothes and much, much more! Sincere thanks to everyone who took part and to Swansway Group for their generous sponsorship.”



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