Friday, February 14, 2014

News: Enterprising Rotherham schools raise £6,000 for Rotherham Hospice

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Staff and students have found innovative ways to raise £6,000 for charity as part of The Rotherham Hospice Enterprise Challenge.

Sheffield-based solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, provided £50 loans for 48 teams and business mentoring, but it was up to the students to come up with enterprising ways of turning the initial investment in to much, much more for the Rotherham Hospice.

Six school groups were chosen as finalists and presented their fundraising projects to a panel of judges at a recent event at the Carlton Park Hotel. The challenge was organised by Ready Unlimited, the Rotherham-based service that supports educators to embed enterprise and entrepreneurship across the curriculum.

Jackie Frost of Rotherham Ready, Elaine Hyde from the Carlton Park Hotel, Mark Allen from Irwin Mitchell and Colin Heywood-Campbell representing Rotherham Hospice, all had a tough job in deciding the winning team from each of the three categories.

Jackie Frost of Rotherham Ready, said: "This has been a really difficult decision, there have been so many brilliant ideas. There was only half a point between the winners and runners up in the Key Stage 2 category."

St Bede's Primary School won the Key Stage 1 category, raising £197 by holding a Christmas Fayre. Charlie, a pupil at St Bede's said that the hardest part of the project was "standing up in front of everyone to present."

Monkwood Primary School took home the prize for the Key Stage 2 category, having designed, hand made and sold Memory Books in school, raising £142.50 so far. Due to the success of their enterprise, children are still receiving orders and believe this will be an ongoing business within school.

Finally, Dinnington Comprehensive School won the Key Stage 4/5 category with a car washing team who triumphed by raising £180 and demonstrating their negotiating and influencing skills by receiving donated washing products from local mechanics.

All of the schools involved in the Hospice Enterprise Challenge proved to be great fundraisers, but a special award for the most money raised was given to Coleridge Primary School who raised a staggering £474.

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.

Ready Unlimited website
Rotherham Hospice website

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