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The Funding Network brings Dragons' Den style charity fundraising to Surrey

PUBLISHED: 15:07 19 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:22 20 February 2013

Orpheus student, Stephen, with Orpheus founder, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Marilyn Scott, director of The Lightbox, Joe Crome, Liquid Connection, and Andy Finch, GASP Motor Project

Orpheus student, Stephen, with Orpheus founder, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Marilyn Scott, director of The Lightbox, Joe Crome, Liquid Connection, and Andy Finch, GASP Motor Project

A Dragons' Den for charities, The Funding Network held its first event in Surrey at The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking recently, raising more than £22,000.

A Dragons Den for charities, The Funding Network held its first event in Surrey at The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking recently, raising more than 22,000.


Since launching in London ten years ago, The Funding Network, has helped more than 600 charities to create social change, raising in excess of 4.9 million through its open giving circle.


Having experienced The Funding Network in London, I am delighted that TFN has now launched here in Surrey and look forward to this being the first of many fun, fundraising nights that can really make a tremendous difference, says Dr Helen Bowcock, member of The Funding Network and author of the report, Hidden Surrey.


Beneficiaries of the inaugural The Funding Network Surrey event included the GASP Motor Project, who provide hands-on courses in basic motor mechanic skills and practical engineering skills for young people, andLiquid Connection, who provide relational support, youth work and mentoring in Leatherhead.


Two arts-based schemes were alsosupported by the event,witha special project at The Lightbox supporting those with early stage dementia and their carers and The Orpheus Centre, who promote transition and personal development among disabled youngsters through the arts, represented.


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