• July 2016

Theo judges at the Many Hands Charity Final

On Tuesday July 12th in Manchester, Theo attended the Many Hands final as a Patron of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity for the fourth time, once again sponsored by Seneca and Ryman. Many Hands encourages small and medium sized businesses to focus their business initiative and innovation to raise as much money as possible for this charity.  The charity has raised £45,000 so far from Many Hands – not far from the £50,000 target!

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(Theo with all the finalists – 4 teams)                    (Eventual winner Gary Chaplin presenting)

21 dedicated companies took part in the competition with exciting fundraising ideas from Directors as PAs and chauffeurs to gruelling cycling challenges, but only four went through to the finals on the night to be judged by Theo Paphitis, Deputy Charity Chairman David Cain and fellow RMCH ambassadors Roger Jonas and Lucy Wolfe.  Each of the 4 businesses were judged on innovation, engagement and of course funds raised.

The four finalists were Online Ventures Group, Archie’s (who provided delicious milkshakes), Space 48 and Gary Chaplin.  After four fantastic presentations, the judges deliberated and deemed Gary Chaplin the winner – as one of a team of 16 riders who managed to cycle the height of Everest 4 times!

The evening was hosted by Hugh Ferris, who also interviewed Theo on the night, as well as fielding questions from the eager audience on whether Theo ever got nervous pitching ideas and also on the team spirit of the Welsh football team.

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A good night was had by all!