Young entrepreneurs raise over £7k for hospice
5 Valley schools raised a record amount for Rossendale Hospice in an entrepreneurial challenge.
The event, jointly organised by Rossendale Hospice supported by Baldwins and Alder Grange School, is in its 5th year. The five schools raised a combined total of £7,130.64 in this year’s ‘Youth Enterprise Challenge’.
The contest, launched in October last year, lasted 16 weeks and saw Year 9 & 10 teams from Alder Grange, The Valley Leadership Academy, Whitworth High, Haslingden High and Tor View school, all come up with enterprising initiatives to generate as much income as possible to be donated to the hospice.
The schools were judged on 7 award categories; Most Profit Raised, Most Money Raised Per Pupil, Most Innovative Idea, Greatest Community Involvement, Best Presentation and Reporting, Special Recognition Award, and the Fundraisers Award.
The Most Profit Raised award went to Haslingden High who raised an amazing £2940 with various activities including a non-uniform day. They also won the ‘Community Involvement’ award for organising various events outside of school including a bake sale at a local hospital, made items to sell at parents workplaces and organised sporting activities at a local primary school.
Alder Grange scooped 3 awards; ‘Most Money Raised per Pupil’, ‘Best Presentation’ and one student won the ‘Fundraiser award’ for her impressive organisation skills. Hospice fundraiser Joanna Williams was very impressed by Alder Grange’s presentation which was led by two members of the team.
The ‘Most Innovative Idea’ was awarded to Tor View School. With limited fundraising options available they came up with a car washing idea and used the school staff as customers.
Tor View School also took the ‘Special Recognition Award’ due to their commitment to wash cars during the winter weather and for having respect for each other’s abilities whilst working together as a team.
Unfortunately, Whitworth High School and The Valley Leadership Academy were unable to complete the challenge due to unforeseen circumstances however did raise almost £2500 between them for the Hospice.
Thank you to all the schools who took part and for the hardwork and effort that went into their fundraising.