Apprentice Shop Challenge

We know our corporate partners love a challenge, so what better way to channel your enthusiasm and energy than our Apprentice Shop Challenge and taking over the running of our charity shops for a day.

The Apprentice Shop Challenge is a truly unique way for staff to volunteer their time and in the process build strong teamwork, leadership and sales skills. By taking on the challenge, you’ll also help raise vital funds to make every moment count for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

The challenge doesn’t just happen on one day, you can start the fundraising and teamwork in advance at your place of work with stock collections, fundraising and planning for the big day! It’s an opportunity to involve large numbers of colleagues, customers and suppliers.

How it works

The Apprentice Shop Challenge is simple. Split your staff into teams, allocate them a Shooting Star Children’s Hospices shop and see who can raise the most money! To get the most from your Apprentice Shop Challenge we recommend some key steps to achieve excellent team work, fantastic fundraising and plenty of fun for all involved!

Planning for Success

  • Create a team – consider team a team name (very important) or theme for your team.
  • Allocate responsibilities – who can lead the team to a win? Who has the skills to market your activities? Who can source you the best stock or prizes for a raffle?
  • Arrange a site visit – it’s a great idea to visit your shop in advance, meet the manager and plan what you can do on the day.

Activities before the day

  • Set up a JustGiving page for your team and encourage donations.
  • Hold an event to help aid your fundraising – a bake sale is always a winner, everyone loves cake!
  • Stock collections – all stock you donate to your shop will be valued and the total added to your takings on the day.
  • If you’re planning to host a raffle in the shop, seek out great prizes. Use your contacts, suppliers and network to secure fantastic prizes that people won’t be able to resist buying raffle tickets to win.

Activities in the shops

  • Advertise your activities – you can drop posters to your shop in advance to promote your big day. Take to social media and include @sschospices when using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  • Host a raffle or tombola – everyone likes to win, so these are always popular with customers.
  • Organise a bucket collection – make sure you secure a permit to collect outside the shop if you plan to do this.
  • Wear fancy dress – it will attract attention and will be lots of fun at the same time.

As with every activity, there are a few housekeeping rules when you are in our shops:

  • Please do not actively ask for donations from the general public or neighbouring businesses.
  • Please do not sell alcohol.
  • Please ensure you and those around you are safe at all times.
  • Please allow enough time to leave the shop tidy and ready for standard trading the next day.

How to win

There are three key areas that will make up your total for the Apprentice Shop Challenge:

Stock donations – Any items you donate we will value and add to the income raised regardless of when we sell them. You can start your collection in advance of your Apprentice Challenge day, so ask friends, family and contacts to donate fantastic items that will give a great valuation and increase your total.

Fundraising activities – From bake sales to quiz nights and sponsored tea making to sweepstakes, whatever activities you plan before your big day, will help build up your total, so before you even reach the shop you could be leagues ahead of your competition! Encourage colleagues, family and contacts to donate to your JustGiving page and increase your team’s overall total before you even set foot in our shops.

Shop sales – Encourage contacts to donate raffle and tombola prizes that can be used in your shop on the day, organise fancy dress or competitions and activities that will increase footfall on the day and increase money through the tills. Don’t forget to promote your activities in advance to drive customers into the shop – promote your fantastic raffle prizes or incredible stock you are selling on the day.

When planning your Apprentice Shop Challenge, your team will have their own innovative ideas, so draw on your areas of expertise and aim high. If you have a fantastic idea you want to run past us, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Everyone felt so strongly about the charity that they were all just totally committed to the cause.  Your team in the Walton shop are lovely and were really supportive and encouraging of us and we thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Please give them our thanks as they didn’t mind us moving things around and getting in the way which made life very easy!”  Sarah Adam, Talent Team, Page Group.

To find out more about the Apprentice Shop Challenge contact our Corporate Fundraising Team.