Schools challenge raises thousands for children’s hospice

The first schools enterprise challenge for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, ‘Bluebell Big Thinkers’, has so far raised more than £8,500

Bluebell Big Thinkers, which took part over a five week period, gave primary school children across the region £100 per class to grow into more money.

The closing ceremony was held on Monday 13th June at Mosborough Hall.

Pupils from nine schools across Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Worksop and North Derbyshire gathered to share their experience and ideas with other schools around the region. Each school presented their cheque and gave a presentation about their fundraising initiatives.

The classes were challenged to raise the most money for Bluebell Wood and think of the most unique fundraising initiative. Pupils from Aston Hall Primary School were crowned the winners of the most unique fundraising idea. They designed their very own Bluebell Wood Magazine, which sponsors TSB, bought the very last copy of.

Mosborough Primary School received a trophy for the most money raised, handing over a cheque of £3,300 to the hospice.

At the closing ceremony, members of the Bluebell Wood team presented each school with a plaque for their hard work. Helen Mower, Head of Fundraising at Bluebell Wood, said: “It’s been a fantastic journey for both the pupils and Bluebell Wood. It’s great to have so many creative children involved.

“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.

“The pupils have helped 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.”

TSB and Provide Education sponsored the challenge. TSB provided personal Business Experts for each school, as well as the £100 to start fundraising. Provide Education donated £500 to fund the starter packs, trophies and plaques.

Participating schools were: 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.

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.”

Provide Education Director, Barry Simmons, said: “It was fantastic to see what creative ideas and events the children came up with. They all did an excellent job and it was great to see their whole school communities involved too. They should all be very proud of the huge amount of money they have raised for Bluebell Wood.”

Dave Smith, Area Director of TSB, said: ‘’It has been an absolute pleasure to support the local schools in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. TSB is extremely proud of everyone’s achievement – well done’’

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

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.

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