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Help Support the Plymouth Team in the Brathay Challenge

Dear Plymouth Businesses,

I am writing to you as a member of a team of Apprentices at Plymouth City Council who are competing in the Brathay Challenge 2015. We aim to increase the profile of Apprenticeships in Plymouth by becoming the National Apprentice Team of the Year and building on the success of becoming Apprentice Large Employer of the Year 2015.
We have already organised a number of events and we would like you to support us with our cause in whichever way you can; here’s a list of some of the current ways in which you can support us; 

Join us in a citywide Epilepsy awareness day on Friday 3rd July. Wear something purple to work, bake purple cakes, put up purple bunting in your workplace windows, basically we’d love you to do anything you can to support us raising awareness on this day. You can then submit your donations into our Just Giving Account www.justgiving.com/teams/bac15 

Donate a raffle prize for our grand raffle to be drawn on Friday 3rd July. We’ll be selling tickets in the city centre outside the Plymouth City Council First Stop shop on the day. Anything that can be donated would be welcome and very much appreciated.

Sell raffle tickets on our behalf at your organisation. We can organise collecting ticket stubs and donations from your organisation in advance of Friday 3rd July.

Or simply make a donation to our Just Giving Account www.justgiving.com/teams/bac15
Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge consists of a set of team tasks including a community project, raising awareness for apprenticeships and a final team competition on Lake Windermere in the summer.

The challenge so far has been to raise the profile of local apprenticeships in schools and businesses and to carry out a community project in our City which involved us creating and opening a community orchard in Ernesettle (you may have seen us in the Plymouth Herald - www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Team-hopes-pip-rivals-victory-orchard/story-26077305-detail/story.html .

At the House of Commons on Wednesday, we were delighted that our team was announced as one of eight teams (out of an original 80) to make it through to the challenge final and we were also announced as the regional winners, putting us in the top four and the only remaining team from the South West.

The next step in our challenge is to organise and take part in fundraising across the City. We have chosen to champion the Epilepsy Society, as one of our former apprentices has recently been diagnosed, and this fantastic charity set out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background.

We really hope you can join us in supporting this fantastic charity and raise awareness of Epilepsy across our City and I look forward to hearing from you.

With thanks in advance

Jake Holmes
Business Administration Apprentice
Strategic Planning & Infrastructure
Plymouth City Council
Ballard House
West Hoe Road
T +441752305938
E jake.holmes@plymouth.gov.uk

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