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Apprentice star backs charity’s trade-up task

BBC One’s The Apprentice contestant, Tom Bunday, is urging budding entrepreneurs to put their skills to the test in Wessex Cancer Trust’s trade-up task, Zero to Hero.

The Southampton-born tree surgeon, was at Southampton Solent University’s £33m teaching facility, the Pod, to launch the challenge which will raise money to support local children living with cancer.

At the start of September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, contestants will be given a rubber duck and will have 30 days to carry out a series of trades and obtain an item of higher value each time. They will then sell, raffle or auction their final item to raise as much money as possible for Wessex Cancer Trust’s children’s support services.

Launching Zero to Hero, Tom said: “As someone who started at the bottom of business and had to be determined and driven to become successful, this challenge really resonated with me.

“Entrepreneurs have to make a lot happen in short time frames, and I’m really excited to see how budding business people, of all ages, will embrace this task.”

Southampton Solent University has pledged it support to the challenge by getting students to take it on as part of their Business Enterprise & Entrepreneurship course.

Winchester sixth form college Peter Symonds and Winchester Ladies Circle have already signed up for the challenge. It is aimed at anyone who wants to put their entrepreneurial and competitive skills to the test, from corporate teams to school children.

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