Youth Enterprise Challenge 2015

Rossendale schools battling to raise Hospice funds

Five Rossendale schools have won praise for their ‘enthusiasm, creativity and effort’ after raising a combined total of £8,182 for us Hospice in a competition to find the most enterprising schools in the area.

The Youth Enterprise Challenge saw teams from Alder Grange, All Saints, BRGS, Whitworth High and Haslingden High come up with variety fundraising ideas — with the latter even landing a Guinness World Record in the process!

The Year 10 school teams linked up with a mentor from a business, who kick-started their project with a £50 donation. The businesses that took part as mentors were video production company Big Tank Productions, chartered accountants Cassons, sports pitch marking firm Linemark, wallpaper business Arthouse, estate agents Farrow and Farrow, solicitors Woodcocks, Haworth & Nuttall and the HSBC bank.

Each team came up with a number of different fundraising activities, taking in everything from cake bakes and non uniform days through to Christmas Fairs and developing smartphone apps!

Alison Whittaker-Stewart, Corporate Development and Marketing Manager at Rossendale Hospice said: “The Youth Enterprise Challenge was an incredible success far exceeding our expectations both in terms of funds raised and commitment. The feedback we received from students, teachers and mentors has been incredible. It really seemed to capture their imagination. Through teamwork, practical skills and sheer hard graft they have raised an awful lot of money and awareness for Rossendale Hospice and we can’t thank them enough for that.”

At the celebration event at Alder Grange School the teams each made a presentation. Prizes were awarded for the most money raised as well as the most innovative team, community involvement and best teamwork.
Winners of the 'Most Money Raised' Award
Whitworth Community High School

Winner of 'Best Teamwork' Award
All Saints Catholic High School                  

Winners of the 'Community Involvement' Award
Alder Grange High School - Team Revolution 

Winners of the 'Most Innovative Idea' Award
Haslingden High School?

The Youth Enterprise Challenge Launch Event Video

Youth Enterprise Challenge (HD) from on Vimeo.

The challenge, organised jointly by Rossendale Hospice, the Hospice’s Corporate Ambassadors group and Alder Grange School.
Cassons’ Managing Partner Les Nutter, who heads up the Hospice’s Corporate Ambassadors Group, said: “The business community wanted to do something innovative that would support the hospice and this link up with schools is an exciting project. It’s great to see young people rising to a challenge, and helping to raise funds and awareness of the fantastic work the Hospice does.”

Les Nutter 
The Teams were:

Alder Grange Community & Technology School
The boys Team with their mentor Andy Ward - Strategic Partnerships Manager at HSBC

Alder Grange Community & Technology School
The girls team with their mentor Rob Hallam - Director at Bigtank Productions

All Saints Catholic High School
With their mentors Joanne Halsall and Simon Read at Cassons Accountants

Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School
With their mentor Tony Holt - Director at Linemark

Haslingden High School
With their mentor Rupert Lewis - Finance Director at Arthouse Ltd

Whitworth Community High School
With their mentor David Buskey - Solicitor and Partner at Woodcock, Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors

Whitworth Community High School
With their mentor Emma Farrow -Director at Farrow and Farrow Estate Agents

Alison Whittaker-Stewart, Corporate Development and Marketing Manager at Rossendale Hospice said “We’re delighted that the Youth Enterprise Challenge has captured the imagination of the students and we’re grateful to all the businesses who are taking time out to support the teams and the event.”

Youth Enterprise Challenge 2015