Dragon ignites Inner Flame fundraiser

By Ben Carey on 10 May, 2019

Swindon-based charity, Inner Flame, is celebrating a successful Young Champions fundraising event helped by former Dragons Den star Piers Linney.

The charity which assists unemployed, vulnerable young people in developing the skills required to live healthy, independent lives, held its annual event in April at the Doubletree Hotel in Swindon.

Each year Inner Flame brings together local businesses and organisations to celebrate the young people it has worked with who have overcome adversity. Over 140 supporters were in attendance to enjoy an evening of live entertainment and a three-course meal before hearing from guest speaker Piers Linney.

The self-made millionaire and star of Dragons Den said, “It was amazing to meet the founder and team at their annual awards as well as a number of young people whose lives have been transformed.  It’s clear that the Inner Flame team is committed and passionate about ensuring every young person, irrespective of where they come from or the difficulties they have faced, has access to opportunity.”

With Piers’ attendance, the charity managed to raise in excess of £8,000, almost doubling the amount from 2018.

British skiing icon and Inner Flame patron, Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards was also in attendance.

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

He said, “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.”

Inner Flame CEO, Gail McKay, added, “It’s very important for us to recognise these incredible young people who have overcome significant barriers in their lives to reach positive outcomes. With thanks to all attendees giving generously alongside our auction donors and sponsors, the Younite Foundation and Cardwave, we managed to raise a great amount at Young Champions 2019.”

“The past 12 to 18 months have been particularly tough for us as a small charity, so events like this not only acknowledge incredible achievements but are also vital for us in continuing to deliver our service in the town. A sum of £8,000 to us is huge and we’re delighted to be able to ensure that every pound now goes towards supporting vulnerable young people in our community.”

With Young Champions 2020 already confirmed as taking place on Friday 24th April next year, Inner Flame is keen to hear from any businesses or organisations that would like to be involved.

For more information please contact james@innerflame.org.uk.

Pictured above: Dragons Den star, Piers Linney with Inner Flame Young Champion recipient, Oliver Dolley and David Wreathall, founder of Inner Flame