Greenham Trust invites local charities to ‘Pitch to the Panel’ and share £100,000 donation

Pitch to the Panel 2017Six projects to be shortlisted in Dragons' Den-style public event in November

Greenham Trust is inviting charitable organisations from across West Berkshire and North Hampshire to take part in the ‘Pitch to the Panel’ event which could see up to six lucky winners walk away with a share of £100,000. The winner(s) will be decided by a panel of judges on Thursday 9th November at The Corn Exchange, Newbury.

Now in its third year, the Pitch to the Panel format is similar to the popular BBC Dragons' Den TV show. During a five-minute presentation, representatives from each shortlisted organisation will be asked to pitch their charitable causes to a panel of judges who will then decide how the £100,000 will be awarded. Members of the public are also invited to attend what is expected to be a spectacular evening of free entertainment with music from the winner of this year’s Greenham Gig competition.

Entrants must first register via the on-line fundraising web portal www.thegoodexchange.com by the 1st September. Projects seeking funding under £15,000 must raise £1,000 through The Good Exchange and those looking for more than £15,000 must initially raise £2,000 by Monday 25th September.

This year’s judging panel includes: David Bailey, non-executive director, Greenham Trust; Andrew McKenzie, managing director, The Vineyard Group; Anne Murdoch, principal and chief executive of Newbury College and Andy Murrill, editor of Newbury Weekly News.

Chris Boulton, chief executive for Greenham Trust said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local charities to raise their profile in the local community and receive a significant sum of money in the process. Previous winners of Pitch to the Panel have received up to £40,000 which is far more than they might expect to get via a grant application which usually averages between £2,000 and £3,000.”

Last year, five well-deserving local causes shared £100,000, including Newbury Tennis Club, Age Concern, Newbury Resource Community Centre, Crossroads Care and Burghfield & Sulhamstead Scouts.

Gordon Montgomery, a 2016 winner from Age Concern remarked: “It was a thrilling evening, brilliantly organised with some really deserving causes pitching and we felt lucky to be part of it. We were awarded the full amount we pitched for. It was a vote of confidence in our work, our project and our future.”

Winners from previous years have also included Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) and West Berks Rapid Response Cars (WBRRC).  

Wendy Tobitt from BBOWT remarked: “The Pitch to the Panel event is a great opportunity for local charities to get publicity, and it is something that Greenham Trust does so well.”

Andrew Sharp from WBRRC said: “We were genuinely excited to be listed as finalists, and went in to this with no expectations. We were absolutely delighted to get all our required funding. Without this, we would not have been able to supply the kits for our responders.”

Applicants have until 1st September to apply via The Good Exchange website. Further details on how to apply, along with full T&C’s are available on www.pitchtothepanel.com.

For further information contact Jill Owen at Greenham Trust on 01635 817302 or email events@greenhamtrust.com

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