Bacup Business Backs Pupils To Raise Charity Cash

by Catherine Smyth Media

ENTERPRISING pupils have been set a challenge to find ingenious ways of raising money for charity.

The £10 challenge will see Year 8 pupils from Fearns Community Sports College , in Stacksteads, devising ways to grown the money and raise funds for Rawtenstall-based M3 Project.

Bacup-based kitchen, bedroom and bathroom manufacturer JJO , which employs many former Fearns pupils among its workforce of nearly 400, put up £100 for the challenge.

This money has now been given to groups of Year 8s to set up their own mini businesses until the end of November.

Transport manager Dave Tomlinson told the pupils he was looking forward to hearing about how they made the £10 grow.

He said: “I think it is a great initiative and a good challenge. It is up to the pupils how they use the £10, but what matter is that they make a profit for the charity.”

One of the pupils taking part – Brandon Mayor, 13, said: “I think it is fun and we have already been thinking up ideas like making milkshakes or making cakes. We hope to raise lots of money for the charity.”

Key Stage 3 Achievement Leader Kimberley Warburton said: “I think this is a brilliant scheme and we are grateful to JJO for providing the money to start the teams off.

“I know they will come up with some interesting ideas and although they will be guided by their form tutors this is a challenge we want the pupils to lead and it is their ideas that will see that money grow.

“It will really show how the pupils can work on their own initiative and it will also give them good workplace skills for the future. Who knows, we may have a budding entrepreneur in our midst.”

The M3 Project helps single young homeless 16 to 25 year olds and young families find accommodation through different projects.

Project manager Alan Dorrington, who also addressed a school assembly, said: “We are grateful to Fearns for including us in this project. It gave M3 a chance to explain to pupils what we do and also to raise awareness.

“We are also looking forward to seeing how the pupils make the donation grow and would like to thank JJO for putting the money in to make the project happen.”

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