A one of a kind handmade leather satchel has resulted in employees of Ulster Supported Employment Limited (USEL) raising £270 to present to the BBC Children in Need campaign.
USEL, a Northern Ireland based organisation which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, retails its leather satchels online at www.vintagesatchelcompany.co.uk.
Inspired by last year’s BBC Children in Need’s event the company made a yellow, 15 inch satchel that prominently features Pudsey’s scarf as a prototype. Terry Fuller, Commercial Products Manager for USEL, explains; “We needed to custom make one to determine to what degree it might be feasible for us to roll out the idea and find ways to use them to hopefully raise even more funds for this year’s event.
“Employees were so impressed with the outcome that we decided to raffle the much sought after satchel amongst the company’s employees and their families and at the same time raise some funds for BBC Children in Need.”
Robert Nesbitt, a USEL employee with 35 years service was the lucky winner of the prize. At the presentation of funds, Robert sweet talked Wendy Austin into making it even more exclusive by having her sign it, as he had designs on presenting it as a gift to his sister and niece.