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Talented graduates wow with fundraising dinner

Graduates cheer on London Marathon runners

Graduates from a Civil Service talent management scheme held a glittering gala dinner to raise money for the UK’s most vulnerable children.

15 resourceful members of the Civil Service ‘Fast Stream’ initiative decided to support Barnardo’s after getting in touch with each other by email and meeting up to discuss their plans. After six months of collaborative work, they raised more than £10,000 through an evening for 120 people, which took place on April 10 at Admiralty House, Westminster.

The event included entertainment in the form of a choir and dancers. A keynote speech was delivered by Sir Robert Walker, Head of the Home Civil Service. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction.

But the graduates’ efforts did not stop there. They also organised a dress-down day at all the Job Centres up-and-down the country, raising £3,500 for Barnardo’s in the process. One particularly inspiring (and brave) young woman will be running from London to Brighton in May, aiming to gather another £3,000 for the UK’s largest children’s charity .

Corporate Relationship Executive at Barnardo’s, Rebecca Schmidt, advised the students in their fundraising efforts. She said:

We are absolutely delighted that this group of graduates decided to support Barnardo’s. Supporting a charity can be a brilliant way to engage and motivate employees, whether this is working towards a project such as the civil service talent gala or taking on a volunteering or team building challenge with Barnardo’s. It’s an opportunity to build strong working relationships with colleagues outside of the office and develop new skills, while helping Barnardo’s support the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

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