RESIDENTS in Whitchurch have launched their very own version of The Apprentice to raise money for Cancer Research Wales.

Just like the TV programme, two teams of locals have been formed to go head-to-head and see who can raise the most money for the Whitchurch-based charity.

Organiser of The Whitchurch Apprentice Challenge Alastair Milburn said: “I wouldn’t say it was a case of ‘You’re Fired’ for the losing team as they are both doing fantastic work for such a good cause. But the rivalry has certainly made the fund-raising competitive.”

The two teams, led by Lisa Jane and Mark Letman, have already held various events, including a pool tournament in the village’s Maltsters pub, a race night, and a football match, raising £5,000 for CRW in the process.

Now their sights are set on an auction night at the Earl Haig, on Penlline Road, Whitchurch, on April 13, starting 7.30pm.

“The two teams are in competition to get the best prizes for the night, and in the process, raise the most money. I don’t think it will be a case of the losing team coming back to the boardroom, but neither of the teams want to lose!”

Prizes already include: a Barcelona shirt signed by Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez, a signed Cardiff City football, a signed Chelsea shirt, a signed Manchester City shirt, and a Team GB cycling shirt signed by Becky James.

The group of regulars from the Maltsters has raised more than £45,000 for local charities in recent years. Their last fund-raiser, a community headshave, raised more than £11,500 for CRW.

For more information and tickets about the auction event, which will also include live music, contact Alastair Milburn on or 029 20838311. Theorganisers are also keen to hear from anyone willing to donate prizes for the auction.