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. Why not use our Create tool to make your posters? 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.

And the winner is…

Our current league table champions are Lloyds Banking Group who raised an incredible £47,174!


TeamNo. of shopsStock donationsFundraising activitiesShop salesTotal
1Lloyds Banking Group9£7,464£35,149£4,552£47,174
2The A Team9£3,612£23,387£9,326£36,325
3Fourfront Group6£4,368£25,843£4,196£34,407
4Channel 4 Corporate Services7£4,189£16,139£2,850£23,178
5Boxwood Ltd4£5,468£8,983£3,186£17,637
6Barclays Wealth5£2,450£7,800£4,221£14,471
7Surrey Police4£4,741£4,545£1,295£10,581
8AXA Insurance8£3,664£3,158£3,028£9,850
10Godrej UK2£2,091£5,526£1,639£9,256
11Barclay’s Heathrow2£1,850£6,150£1,067£9,067
12Natwest (SW London)7£1,948£1,672£3,835£7,455
13Page Group5£955£3,519£1,989£6,463
17Berenberg Bank3£2,234£663£1,377£4,274
18Natwest Private Surrey3£1,906£401£1,475£3,782


“The whole team really enjoyed taking part in the Apprentice Shop Challenge, even those who weren’t in the shops on the day.  There were lots of donations as part of the onegoodthing campaign and lots of fundraising activities in the office. Thanks to all the  staff at the shops for what was a fab day. We were thrilled when we got the total of how much we had raised and we’re now on the Leader Board!” Unilever

Do you have what it takes to top our league table? To find out more about the Apprentice Shop Challenge contact our Corporate Fundraising Team on 01932 823100.