Youth Enterprise Challenge Launch

Youth Enterprise challenge launch

Enterprising Rossendale schools ready for Hospice challenge


Five Rossendale schools face a challenge of their entrepreneurial skills in a contest to raise money for a local charity.

The Youth Enterprise Challenge will see teams from Alder Grange, All Saints, Fearns, Haslingden High and Whitworth High come up with enterprising initiatives, with all the proceeds going to Rossendale Hospice.

The Year 10 school teams will link up with a mentor from a local business, who have each kick-started their project with a £50 donation.  The ultimate aim for each team will be to use the investment to generate as much income as they can to benefit local people but there are other prizes for presentation skills, innovation and community involvement.

The businesses that will mentor the schools are solicitors Mulderrigs (All Saints), accountants Cassons (Haslingden High), estate agents Farrow and Farrow (Alder Grange), Rossendale Leisure Trust (Fearns) and marketing agency D and M Creative (Whitworth High School).

The challenge is organised jointly by Rossendale Hospice, the Hospice’s Corporate Ambassadors Group and Alder Grange School where the launch event was held, with school groups and mentors meeting for the first time.

Clare Richards, Head of Fundraising at Rossendale Hospice said: “We rely heavily on funds raised by the public to operate our services and since the Challenge started two years ago, it has raised more than £14,000 for the Hospice."

"The Youth Enterprise Challenge also represents a fantastic opportunity for the young people taking part. They’ll work together in a team to organise their enterprising ideas, gain practical advice from their mentors and learn new skills including; budgeting, time management, report writing, public speaking, all relevant to their future careers."

“We’re grateful to all the businesses who are taking time out to support the teams and the event.”

Cassons’ Managing Partner Les Nutter, who heads up the Hospice’s Corporate Ambassadors Group, said: “Each year the students come up with some great fundraising ideas and it will be great to see how this new group of students rise to the challenge. I’m confident this year’s contest will be a great success too.”
The challenge will climax with a ‘Celebration Event’ in February at Alder Grange when each school will present their efforts to the judges: Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Colin Crawforth, Stephen Greenhalgh, Managing Director of JJO, Anita Kenyon MD of Arthouse and Irene Chambers, Fundraising Trustee of Rossendale Hospice, and the six winners will be revealed along with the grand total raised.

To find out more about the Youth Enterprise Challenge Awards Event click here