Groups impress with pitch-perfect ideas at Dragons’ Den event

Things are coming up roses for Wickham residents after their community gardening project was awarded more than £1,000 in a Dragons’ Den style pitching challenge.

The Wickham Community Association was awarded £1,138 at the WINnovation event, run by Winchester City Council. The equipment will enable them to provide new activities within their community garden.

Kate Turnbull, from the Wickham Community Association, said:

“We are very grateful to the city council for awarding us the money.

“Winning the money will enable us to put a new roof and doors on our polytunnel, as well as buying the tools we need to be sustainable and offer more opportunities and experiences for people in the garden.

“The application process was simple to complete and we were kept informed all the way through with helpful advice for what to include in our pitch.”

Charities and groups pitched their projects to the panel, who were looking for ideas that were entrepreneurial, engaging, and enhanced the council’s work.

A joint venture between Winnall Rock School and Winchester Youth Counselling also impressed the dragons. Their project will provide a combination of song writing and giving young people the opportunity to seek a different type of therapy to assist them with their mental health.

Portfolio Holder for Business Partnerships Cllr Rob Humby, said:

“WINnovation is one of the many ways we award our grant monies throughout the year. The groups pitching did a fantastic job and I know their projects that will make a real difference across our communities.”

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