Students from London Metropolitan University are crowned the highest fundraisers in the UK after winning the Million Makers competition run by The Prince’s Trust.
Million Makers is a national competition, challenging teams of employees and university students to raise money for the Prince’s Trust, that helps disadvantaged young people across the UK. It gives practical and financial support to the young people who need it most.
The winning team raised £2,267 for the Trust and were named UK university winners at the Million Makers National Final in London on March 12th.
The London Met Team consisted of students: Nick Francis, Rosi Mason and Kayla Petty, and was supported by staff members: Tahera Huda and Anup Mistry.
London Met’s original approach
Nick Francis, 24, a Music Industry Management student, led the way with his example by auctioning the best place of his behind to be tattooed for the cause.
Project Manager Francis agreed that he would take a heart shaped tattoo to his bum with the name of the most donated person (or business) in the prime place.
“I have done a lot of charity work and I know that it is a very competitive industry. To attract attention you need to do something that is really different, innovative and out there,” Francis said.
The tattoo campaign raised more than £820 and contributed highly to the winning amount. The winning bidder was Francis’s father, who donated £200 – outbidding his mother, much to Francis’s relief.
“I am definitely an opportunist and I like to say yes often. If I think something is interesting or fun, I’ll just go for it, so I think that has lead me to this situation,” Francis said.
A “second price” was also auctioned amongst all the donations giving a chance to smaller donators to get tattooed to his rear end. The second price from the ballot went to his aunt.
“It feels incredible to win such a large scale event, we’re very proud to have done so well. It’s been amazing for everyone, and each of us can take away so much from the experience. I’m so glad to have helped a great cause too,” Francis told.
“We’re delighted that the London Metropolitan University was able to raise more than £2,000 for our youth charity – more than any other university has raised to date,” said Sarah Church, Million Makers manager at The Prince’s Trust in a press release.
“The Million Makers at the university are helping us to continue delivering vital programmes to support young people, as well as provide one to one mentoring that will boost their confidence to get them back into work, education and training.”
The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
The Prince of Wales’s Charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.