Lighting, coding books, computer software, aviation headsets and a wood turning lathe were just some of the items applied for at this years’ Newmarket Festival Dragon’s Den held at The Newmarket Academy for the third year running. The students were a credit to the academy, showing great confidence, preparation and tenacity when giving pitches to support their applications. After prolonged deliberation, funds of over £5,000 were granted as well as numerous opportunities to raise funds via bag-packing, cake stalls and book sales at Tesco, Newmarket by store Manager, Alistair Thomson. Whilst not all applications were successful the committee members were able to offer advice to the students in encouraging them to explore avenues to fulfil their aspirations and goals.
Festival Deputy Chairman, Kevin Hancock enthused, “It gives us such pleasure to be able to commit funds to such worthwhile causes, especially for young people who are pursuing future careers and contributing selflessly to their local community. The Academy should be immensely proud of their students – it takes great courage to do what they have here today.” Mr Hancock went on to say, “Whilst it’s unfortunate we can’t support all applications we hope that the process is rewarding for the students both in terms of learning via the process and gaining valuable life skills.”