Year 9 pupils at Christleton High School, Chester have been showing off their entrepreneurial skills while helping to raise funds for Hope House Children's Hospice.
As part of their enterprise studies the pupils created a fundraising activity or service before pitching their ideas to a panel of members from the local business community in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event.
Their hope was to secure a £10 investment which they would then turn into much more for Hope House.
The teams came up with a range of ideas from holding a 5-aside football competition, to an after school film club, with one group taking on their own triathlon - not forgetting the break time cake sales and sweet stalls. Each team showcased their idea with a PowerPoint presentation and stood before the panel to talk through their ideas, including; the research they carried out, their sales and marketing plans, not forgetting their projected profit and loss accounts.
He said: “It was a privilege to be asked to be involved in The Dragon’s Lair Challenge. To help out my local school (where both my children attend) and to also support such a great cause at the same time was a fabulous opportunity. The quality of the children’s ideas and presentations was exceptional.”
Ian was joined on the panel by; Paul Higgs from Lloyds Bank, Chester, Gareth Skillander from Ulster Bank and Kerry Thompson from MBNA.
Area fundraiser for Hope House Nicola Sciarrillo said: “It is wonderful to see the pupils really engage in this project. The business skills that the pupils are developing in the Dragon’s Lair challenge are skills that will appeal to future employers. The money raised by the pupils from this project enables us to continue to provide care and support to local children and their families who are cared for by Hope House. A huge thank you to all involved.”