Money for nothing in Henshaws 500 Challenge

9 April 2011

Businesses and entrepreneurs are being challenged by charity Henshaws to take part in an Apprentice-style fundraising challenge that will put their commercial expertise to the test.

The innovative 500 Challenge tasks participants with investing £500 as creatively and effectively as possible to provide the greatest return over a three-month period – as long as the fundraising is legal, ethical and moral! The profits go to Henshaws, which provides a range of educational, residential, day-care and community services for visually-impaired and disabled people of all ages.

Henshaws HarrogateCompanies can enter more than one team and Henshaws will even provide the initial £500 investment in certain cases. (The bad news is that recipients have to give it back – with profits.) The challenge will culminate at a prestigious awards ceremony next January to celebrate each team’s efforts.

Louise Ashton, marketing and communications manager at Henshaws, said: “The challenge is a really fabulous opportunity for businesses to achieve business and CSR objectives, encouraging employees to engage in team-building activities – and of course helping to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired people across the North of England.

“Many generous Yorkshire businesses support Henshaws in a variety of ways. We’re urging business leaders to recognise the tremendous benefits of taking part in this new initiative, and anticipating that they will be spurred on by the chance to outshine their fellow participants!”

Businesses who would like to take part in the 500 challenge can contact the Henshaws fundraising team on 01423 886 451, at or visit


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