Friday, June 12, 2015

News: Enterprising children take on challenge for Bluebell Wood

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The first ever "Bluebell Big Thinkers" challenge has been launched, giving primary school children across the region £100 per class to grow into more money.

Nine classes from schools across Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Worksop and North Derbyshire are taking part in the challenge – organised by Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

The new initiative, similar to Rotherham Ready's successful Make £5 Blossom project and the international Tenner Tycoon competition, is being sponsored by TSB and Provide Education, a leading teaching supply recruitment agency.

TSB will provide personal business experts for each school, as well as the £100 to start fundraising. The classes will challenge one another to fund raise the most money for Bluebell Wood and think of the most unique fundraising initiative.

Barry Simmons, director at Provide Education, said: "We are delighted to support such an excellent scheme which will not only raise essential money for Bluebell Wood but also help school children develop enterprise, planning and teamwork skills as they organise their own imaginative fundraising events."

Dave Smith, area director of TSB, added: "TSB is proud to be supporting its local communities through this innovative project between Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and local schools.

"Bluebell Wood is a wonderful charity providing amazing support for children and families; we are pleased to be supporting this inspiring challenge."

Based at North Anston in Rotherham, Bluebell Wood provides care and support to families who have a child who has a life limiting condition and is not expected to live into adulthood. It has to raise over £3m each year to continue its work, and receives less than 5% statutory funding.

Helen Mower, head of fundraising at Bluebell Wood, said: "It's fantastic to have so many children involved – they are really enthusiastic and have lots of inspirational ideas as to how they are going to raise funds for us.

"It's really important to us as a local charity to have such brilliant community involvement, especially from the next generation of Bluebell Wood supporters. We are really excited to see and hear all about their creative fundraising activities; two children from each school will present back to us in a few weeks about their journey through the challenge."

Sue Bullivant, a teacher at Aston Hall School in Rotherham, added: "As a school we are always looking for opportunities to support local charities and organisations. Supporting Bluebell Wood has really struck a chord with the children at Aston Hall as we can help local children and meet the people who are making a difference in our local community."

Bluebell Wood website

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