EnerMech's Dragon's Glen team, the Deen Team, received a Special Commendation Award at a ceremony hosted by Scottish Children's Charity, Children 1st at Edinburgh Castle last night.
The team consisting of Guy Ingerson, Catriona Chisholm, Sophie McBride, Hannah Darnell, Rebecca Gordon, Rachel Young, Steven Halliday, Lewis Galligan, Mihail Popa and Martin Clyne, hosted a number of fundraising events including an alternative Burns supper, bake sale and pledge a pound campaign, which raised over £3,900 for the charity.
Now in its 3rd year, the challenge (based on the popular TV programme, Dragon's Den) includes a formal pitch to the "Dragons" in a bid to be awarded £500 of seed funding. Over the course of six months, teams are tasked with using this initial funding to raise money for Children 1st, with the aim to raise the largest sum and show a high level of entrepreneurial skill and team work along the way. The 2015 event saw nine teams from across Scotland raise over £30,000.
Founded in 1884, Children 1st (previously known as the RSSPCC) is one of Scotland's oldest charities and provides support to children and young people who have suffered from abuse and neglect. The money raised by the EnerMech team will be dedicated to supporting children in the local Aberdeen area.
EnerMech's Corporate Development Director, Ingrid Stewart, said: "This is the second year in a row that EnerMech has entered a team in this challenge and I am delighted that the team were recognised with this award. The Dragon's Glen initiative is an excellent one and in addition to raising money for a very worthy charity, the participants have the opportunity to learn new business skills which support their continued career and personal development."