Youth Enterprise Challenge 2016

The Celebration Event for the 2016 Youth Enterprise Challenge took place on 2 February 2017.

Enterprising Rossendale schools raise funds for hospice

More than £6,500 has been raised for Rossendale Hospice by six Valley schools in a competition to find the area’s most enterprising students.

The Youth Enterprise Challenge, organised jointly by the Hospice and the Hospice Corporate Ambassadors Group saw teams from six schools including Alder Grange, All Saints, Fearns, Haslingden High, Tor View and Whitworth High come up with enterprising initiatives, with all the proceeds going to Rossendale Hospice.

During the three-month challenge, the Year 10 school teams linked up with mentor from a number of local businesses, who kick-started their projects with a £50 donation. The businesses mentors were video production company Big Tank Productions, estate agents Farrow and Farrow, HSBC bank, Rossendale Leisure Trust and Tricketts Insurance Brokers, as well as Cassons.

The Youth Enterprise Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for the young people taking part. They worked together in a team to organise their enterprising ideas, gained practical advice from their mentors and learnt new skills including; budgeting, time management, report writing, public speaking, all relevant to their future careers. 

The Haslingden High School team won the prize for the most amount raised with £2060, which among others included a successful Xmas Factor event.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner of Cassons, who heads up the Hospice’s Corporate Ambassadors Group, said: “This is the second year we have run the Challenge and once again the linkup between the business and Rossendale’s schools has given the Hospice a significant boost.

“It’s been great to see the imagination and hard work that’s been put in by all the teams. It’s also great that so many young people get to understand more about the valuable work the Hospice does through their involvement in the challenge.  There were some tremendous fundraising ideas, great displays of teamwork and evidence that students had picked up new skills.”

Alison Whittaker-Stewart, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Rossendale Hospice said: “The Hospice relies heavily on donations so this was a magnificent effort from the six schools who took part.  

“The challenge involved more than 60 students at six schools, a corresponding number of businesses and several sponsors, which means an awful lot of people gave their time and effort to make the whole thing a success, and the hospice is really grateful to everyone involved.”

The challenge climaxed at the ‘Celebration Event’ held on 2nd February 2017 at Alder Grange when each school submitted a report and presented their ideas to the judges: Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Granville Morris, Stephen Greenhalgh, Managing Director of JJO, Anita Kenyon, Director of Arthouse Ltd and Geoff Summers, Chair of Rossendale Hospice.

The judges then chose a winner and runner-up for the four awards; most money raised, most innovative idea, best teamwork and best community involvement.

The most money raised was won by Haslingden High and the runner-up were Fearns, the most innovative idea award was won by All Saints and runner-up was Haslingden High, the best teamwork award was won by Tor View and runner-up was  Alder Grange and best community  involvement award was won by Whitworth High, closely followed by Tor View.                                                                              



Youth Enterprise Challenge 2016

Gallery of the event