Rossendale schools ready for Hospice challenge

Youth Enterprise (21)

Six 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, Tor View and Whitworth High come up with enterprising initiatives, with all the proceeds going to Rossendale Hospice.

The Year 10 school teams each has been given £50 to kick-start their fundraising activities.

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 challenge is organised jointly by Rossendale Hospice, the Hospice’s Corporate Ambassadors Group and Alder Grange School where the launch event was held in front of Rossendale Mayor Councillor Anne Kenyon.

Joanna Williams, Fundraiser 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 over £20,000. Our thanks go to all the teachers and students who have helped us.

“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  learn new skills including; budgeting, time management, report writing, public speaking, all relevant to their future careers.”

Les Nutter, Managing Partner of Cassons which is part of the Baldwin Group, 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’  at Alder Grange when each school will present their efforts to the judges and the winners of 6 different categories will be revealed.