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Ross Lane’s Team from St Albans Girls’ School win ‘Most money earned’ award in Dragons’ Apprentice

The finals of the St Albans and Harpenden Dragons' Apprentice Challenge 2015 were held at the University of Hertfordshire last night, 21 March.

The final pitch was made by the four finalist teams who were selected by the judges of the event, which matches teams of Year 12 students with a ‘Dragon’ mentor from business and a benefactor. Each of the teams presented their fundraising campaign and underwent questioning from the panel of Super Dragons, representing local business, the voluntary sector, local government and higher education.

Dragon and Mercer & Hole General Practice Partner, Ross Lane attended with his team of finalists ‘Team Affinity’, a group of students from St Albans Girls School (STAGS), who were raising money for Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Although Team Affinity were pipped to the post as overall winners by ‘Team  Cohesion’ another team from their school, they took the coveted trophy for earning the most money for their designated charity, raising an amazing total of £3,921 for RNIB.

The money raised by the girls will be used to fund the recording of a talking book, which will be dedicated to the fundraising team.

Carla Warshawsky, team leader for Affinity from St Albans Girls’ School said: “We gained a lot of new skills throughout the challenge that we will be able to use in the future.  In particular, we learned that in order to be successful we had to make mistakes.  We’ve gained a whole new understanding of how business works and we are thrilled to donate this money to RNIB to enable them to record more talking books for children to enjoy.”

The team’s Dragon, Ross Lane from Mercer and Hole, was impressed by the team’s ability to juggle the competing demands of school life and the Challenge and said: "I am extremely proud of Team Affinity. Whilst they were ultimately pipped at the post on awards night, throughout the project they demonstrated commercial acumen, commitment and fantastic organisational skills for the ultimate benefit of their charity, RNIB. Raising 30% of the total for the entire challenge was phenomenal and testament to their broad range of skills. I wish them every success in the future."

Back in September, each of the nine team’s who took part in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge were given £100 and were tasked with turning it into £1,000 or more for their charity. With Ross’ guidance, Team Affinity sold puppets at the St Albans Christmas Market and at STAGS Christmas Fair, ran collections for the charity and organized a Sixth Form Social at Club Batchwood in St Albans attended by over 500 people from across Hertfordshire.

For more information about the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, please see

Partner, Ross Lane with his team 'Affinty' in the Dragons' Apprentice Final




Date: 23rd March, 2016
Author: Mercer & Hole Media


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