Apprentice’s Nick launches Big Wigs for Sue Ryder

LORD Sugar’s right-hand man, Nick Hewer, has launched the annual Big Wigs fundraiser challenge led by Sue Ryder, with this year marking the 20th anniversary of Peterborough’s Thorpe Hall Hospice.

The Big Wigs business challenge sees 20 budding entrepreneurs compete to turn £50 into thousands through any method they can, with all money raised going directly towards helping those being treated by Sue Ryder care. Fundraising continues from October to January with a recognition event scheduled for February.

Nick Hewer said of the event, ““This is a fabulous and fun idea. Working together in a creative way for a common goal is a great way to engage staff and even better if you can inject some competition between departments. There is bound to be laughter and some tears along the way – avoiding the pitfalls can be fun and makes the end result more rewarding.”

Alison Toomey, Sue Ryder fundraiser, said, “It is wonderful to have Nick’s support to find the ultimate Big Wig this year. Over the last five years Big Wigs have raised more than £100,000 for the charity, but with the ongoing support of the business community in this 20th anniversary year we aim to equal that sum in one hit.

“Having such a high-profile sponsor has given us a real boost and reflects the goodwill that local people feel towards the hospice.”

The Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust provided the start-up investment of £1,000.