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A event being held at Houghton Hall is raising money for the Borough Mayor's chosen charity the Prince's Trust. Borough Mayor Liz Watson, with Tim Zoll, Deputy Mayor Barry Ayres, and Deputy Mayoress Christine Ayres. Picture: Matthew Usher.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A fundraising event in aid of the Prince’s Trust netted £3,000 for the charity – and gave aspiring young apprentices the chance to make a good impression in front of Norfolk businessmen.
Graphic designer Tim Zoll was co-opted onto a fund-raising committee by West Norfolk mayor Elizabeth Watson to raise money for the charity after he himself was given a loan by the trust to help start up his own business 15 years ago.
The committee’s idea was to hold a drinks reception, talk and tour of the famous Houghton Revisited exhibition at Houghton Hall, raising money by encouraging firms to sponsor the event and through ticket sales.
However Mr Zoll – whose company Timez Design was one of the event’s main sponsors, alongside The Big Prawn Company – said it also brought together would-be apprentices and potential employers, with the aim of reducing unemployment in the area.
It also, he believed, gave business managers, directors and chairmen attending the event an important message about how valuable the work of the Prince’s Trust is.
Mr Zoll said: “I’m sure they knew about the Prince’s Trust before the event but I’m sure they were also pretty impressed and thrilled to see someone like me who had started a business with a loan from the charity and going all the way to being successful enough to organise an event like this.
“I think the event did a great deal to cement in people’s minds what the Prince’s Trust does and what it is capable of achieving.”
He added that there were “definitely business cards exchanged” and that the “seeds of connections had been planted” between the youngsters and the business owners.
At the event on September 26, Dr Thierry Morel, curator of the current Houghton Revisited exhibition, gave a talk about how the art collection of Britain’s first prime minister was sold to Catherine the Great of Russia – and how it came back to be exhibited at Houghton Hall in 2013.
There was then an opportunity for guests to tour the famous artworks while networking.