Dragon and Eagle fired-up for Inner Flame

By Ben Carey on 14 March, 2019

Swindon-based charity Inner Flame is gearing up for its annual Young Champions event which this year sees two very special guests in attendance.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Dragons’ Den star Piers Linney will be taking part in the fundraiser on Friday 26th April at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Swindon.

Inner Flame, based in Rodbourne, assists unemployed, vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25 in developing the skills required to live healthy, independent lives and move closer towards work.

Each year the charity brings together local businesses and organisations to celebrate a selection of young people Inner Flame has worked with who have overcome adversities and achieved great feats.

The charity is seeking a headline sponsor for the event which includes live entertainment, a three-course meal, charity auction and a raffle.

Piers Linney is the event’s guest speaker. Having starred in series such as The Secret Millionaire and Dragons’ Den, Piers is a self-made millionaire from humble roots in Stoke- on-Trent who has become a recognised champion of entrepreneurship, technology and SMEs.

Inner Flame CEO, Gail McKay said, “It’s incredibly important that we take time to recognise the achievements of the young people in our community. The vast majority of individuals we work with have had to overcome very unique challenges, so we believe it’s imperative that we have a designated occasion to celebrate their successes.”

“The past 12 to 18 months have been particularly tough for us as a small charity. Events like this are vital as we rely on the support of businesses to continue operating. Attending or sponsoring Young Champions is a brilliant way for local companies to support the charity whilst showing recognition for Swindon’s young achievers.”

Having been the guest speaker at Young Champions in 2018, Eddie Edwards made a commitment to continue to support the charity.

He added, “To have the opportunity to hear such inspirational stories from young people having overcome their own challenges to succeed is brilliant, and I think it’s a great thing to bring local businesses together to recognise these individuals.”

To purchase tickets to the event, visit the Inner Flame website. Any businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring Young Champions should e-mail james@innerflame.org.uk