Very special supporters of Whizz-Kidz

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We simply couldn't do our work without the help of these very special supporters. 

Charlotte Grobien

After graduating with a degree in Business Studies, Charlotte joined British Airways and followed a career in Marketing, Management and Sales Promotion. She then spent two years in the European Commission in Brussels returning to London to work in conferences, exhibitions, events and corporate communications. Charlotte became involved in voluntary work in Wandsworth organising the Borough’s Young Enterprise initiative in schools and running an education business programme in Wandsworth prison.

After a successful domestic building project Charlotte decided to look at property development as a way of making money with the sole purpose of 'giving it away'. Charlotte formed the company 'Give it Away Ltd' in 2006, starting off in 2007 by  building  three new houses from scratch. The profits from this first venture were £635,000 and this money was given to local charities involved in the care, help and welfare of children and young people who do not receive Government funding. Charlotte then continued with apartments for rental giving away the profit income and in 2011 built 3 more new homes in Woking. The total donated so far is in excess of £1 million. Another new build project of two four bedroom houses is now underway, again in Woking with a completion planned for Autumn 2014.

Charlotte was delighted to include Whizz-Kidz in this project and provided powered wheelchairs for a significant number of children. Charlotte remains actively involved in the work of the charity and the welfare of its beneficiaries.

 

Rahul Moodgal – Sports Challenge Ambassador

Rahul -part way through his Land's End to John O'Groats challenge - with Whizz-Kidz beneficiary Joel and his familyIn 2013, Rahul planned and cycled – with three other fundraisers – the Generation Inspired Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge to raise £250,000 for Whizz-Kidz. The funds raised over the 975 mile route transformed the lives of 150 young people by buying new trikes to support their independence. Determined to build on this incredible success, Rahul remains a committed champion of sports fundraising – he plans more personal challenge events for 2014 to ensure hundreds more disabled children get the most appropriate equipment for them.

Rahul works independently within the investment management industry, helping firms build their businesses. Today he works with firms in Europe and Asia. He previously worked for the prominent TCI Platform where he was the partner responsible for investor relations and business development. During his five year tenure at the firm he claimed the crowns for single handedly raising the most capital in the shortest period of time ($20bn in 3.5 years), the largest country fund launch in history ($1bn for India fund TCI New Horizon) and for the largest sector fund launch in history ($1.1bn for financials sector fund Algebris) in the investment management industry.

Prior to working in investment management Rahul was an academic and he studied at 19 universities in four countries – the UK, the US, Russia and Japan. He is a graduate of the Universities of Keele and Cambridge as well as the London School of Economics. He is also a qualified counsellor, bartender, musician, English teacher, interior designer and DJ and is currently training to be a spinning instructor.

 

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