Fundraising through Enterprise

How to turn £60 into £4,000 in just a few weeks. Impossible? Not so for students at Queen's College whose enterprising skills left Rotarians, teachers and parents spell bound.

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How to turn £60 into £4,000 in just a few weeks.

Impossible? Not so for students at Queen's College whose enterprising skills left Rotarians, teachers and parents spell bound. All in aid of supporting The Musgrove Park League of Friends appeal to purchase a specialist incubator for the Giraffe Care Station within the neo-natal intensive care unit at Musgrove Park Hospital.

As part of the Rotary Club of Taunton’s support for education, the Club, for the third year running, gave a group of students from Queen’s College aged between 9 and 10 years just £2.00 each. Their brief was to use the funds to innovate and invest, making as much profit as possible in aid of a new specialised incubator for premature babies.

The League of Friends needed £17,000 to purchase this specialist equipment and was therefore enthralled to receive some £4,000 towards their target.

The youngest group of our budding entrepreneurs spoke enthusiastically about their projects at the Club’s weekly lunch-time meeting. Describing their innovative ideas, pupils, Megan, Francesca, Oliver J, Oliver W, Maryam, Leyton and Fred recounted what they had learnt and the skills they had developed. Their business initiatives covered an amazing range including making and selling jewellery, jam, bird boxes and pebble pictures as well plants and slime! Yes really, slime!!

The projects all led to a deeper understanding of business skills but all were exceedingly ‘bowled over’ by Oliver W, whose culinary imagination combined with his persuasive selling techniques, led to a revolution in the sale of desserts at his parent’s pub. With a heady mix of biscuits, salted caramel, cream and Snickers bars Leyton created an irresistible dessert for customers dining out. And if sweet things are not your thing then Leyton was sure to extract a donation. That’ll be £5 please  i you don’t want a dessert!

Tracey Khodabandehloo, Head of the Queen’s College Junior School and Andy Clark, Head of Science accompanied the pupils and spoke highly of the value they placed on this collaborative project, inspired by Rotarian Peter Renshaw and the Club's Vocational Services Committee.

Carol Waterman-Smith representing the League of Friends was delighted with the outcome and felt that the specialised incubator for premature babies had really struck a note with the young people who had not only developed their personal and enterprising skills but had opportunities to extend their knowledge about this important neo-natal service.

 

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