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News: Rotherham schools ready to work with local business to support hospice

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Staff and students have been tasked with finding innovative ways to raise money for charity as part of The Rotherham Hospice Enterprise Challenge.

A record 48 teams are taking part in the challenge that was launched last week at the Carlton Park Hotel by Ready Unlimited, the Rotherham-based service that supports educators to embed enterprise and entrepreneurship across the curriculum.

Sheffield-based solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, are providing £50 loans for each team and business mentoring, but it will be up to the students to come up with enterprising ways of turning the initial investment in to much, much more for the Rotherham Hospice.

The only adult hospice in Rotherham for the people of Rotherham, Rotherham Hospice is an independent charity and must raise significant sums of money each year in order to pay for the quality care provided free of charge to patients, their families and carers.

Anne Giblin, fundraiser at Rotherham Hospice, said: "This is a really exciting challenge. We've worked hard to build on previous fund raising activities with Ready Unlimited and Rotherham schools, and with our sponsor Irwin Mitchell on board this year, we're hoping to take the challenge to the next level."

The challenge will conclude in January 2014 when the students' fundraising activities will come to an end and the groups who have best met the enterprise skill-related judging criteria will win prizes. All groups have been tasked to share their fundraising experiences and enterprising learning at a closing ceremony with a panel of judges made up of Rotherham business representatives.

Claire Bracewell, legal executive at Irwin Mitchell said: "We're really looking forward to seeing how the students approach their fundraising and how they draw on their enterprise skills to develop their ideas."

Catherine Brentnall, managing director of Ready Unlimited, added: "We're very proud of the partnership that has been developed – it's great that young people are raising money for a great cause, whilst developing important enterprise skills and linking with business mentors from Irwin Mitchell."

Evolving from Rotherham Ready and originally established as a council-run project by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in 2006, Ready Unlimited became an independent not-for-profit social enterprise in June.

Ready Unlimited website

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