Enterprising children take on challenge to fundraise thousands from £100

The first ever ‘Bluebell Big Thinkers’ challenge has been launched today, 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 classes will challenge one another to fundraise the most money for Bluebell Wood and think of the most unique fundraising initiative. Pupils attended the launch of the project at Mosborough Hall today, where they met their Bluebell Wood fundraisers and were given a fundraising survival kit.

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.”

TSB and Provide Education have sponsored the challenge. TSB will provide personal Business Experts for each school, as well as the £100 to start fundraising.

Participating schools are: St Augustine’s Primary School in Worksop, Holy Family Primary School in Worksop, Brampton The Ellis C of E in Barnsley, Aston Hall Junior and Infant School in Sheffield, Herringthorpe Juniors in Rotherham, Hodthorpe Primary near Worksop, Heath Primary School in Derbyshire, Mosborough Primary School in Sheffield and St Patrick’s Catholic Academy in Sheffield.

Maggi Brinkley, of The Ellis C.of E School in Barnsley, said: “We are really excited to be involved in this event, which will support both Bluebell Wood and our school.”

Sue Bullivant, a teacher at of Aston Hall School, said: “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.”

Rachel Longmate, Deputy Head at Heath Primary School, said: “As a school with a strong enterprise curriculum and culture of supporting others, we are extremely excited about working with Bluebell Wood and TSB.

“Our children are buzzing with ideas and are keen to involve staff, parents and the wider community to raise as much as they possibly can for such a worthy cause.

Provide Education Director, Barry Simmons, 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, said: “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.”

Two prizes will be presented at a closing ceremony in July. These will recognise the school which has raised the most and the school which thinks of the most unique fundraising initiative.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice needs to raise more than £3m a year to keep its doors open. The charity supports more than 200 children with complex medical conditions and shortened life expectancy.

Helen Mower added: “The pupils are helping to make a huge positive difference for our children and families. Their fundraising activities will help us to continue making special memories for everyone we care and support and we are tremendously grateful.”

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