Been there, done that, got the t-shirt! Competition winners tour Thetford print firm

The young t-shirt competition design winners tour Peels4U in Thetford. Picture: Pop Up Enterprises C

The young t-shirt competition design winners tour Peels4U in Thetford. Picture: Pop Up Enterprises CIC - Credit: Archant

Four young winners of an anti-bullying t-shirt design competition were treated to a VIP tour of a family-owned print and design company which made their creations.

The young people were shown around Peels4U, in Thetford, to see how the t-shirts featuring their winning designs were made.

They had participated in the Thetford Youth Enterprise Challenge - a competition run by Pop Up Enterprises Community Enterprise Company (CIC) to design and sell anti-bullying t-shirts.

They received a demonstration of the print process and got hands-on with preparing their designs for print.

Pop Up Enterprises CIC is a social enterprise specialising in employability and enterprise training and support, helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life and realise their full potential.

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Tom Gaskin, founder and chief executive of Pop Up Enterprises CIC, said: 'I can't thank Peels4U enough.

'They really went the extra mile running a fascinating, hands-on workshop that the young people really enjoyed.

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'The young people were close to tears when the team presented them with personalised 'winners' t-shirts featuring their names and tote bags displaying their winning designs.

'It's great to see a local business getting so involved in the community.'

Nicola Pastore, 11, designer of the winning 'Don't bully, be awesome' t-shirt said: 'It was amazing.

'I was so surprised by their kindness. I learnt so much and can't wait to start selling my t-shirts.'

Peels4U, based on Fison Way Industrial Estate, is a family-owned business specialising in signage, vehicle livery, t-shirt printing, branded work wear, large format and canvas prints. It will be printing the winners' t-shirts.

Funds raised from t-shirt sales will be used by Pop Up Enterprises CIC, to provide more opportunities for young people to gain new skills and develop entrepreneurship.

The Thetford Youth Enterprise Challenge was launched by Pop Up Enterprises CIC in November during National Anti-Bullying Week.

It aims to promote anti-bullying and encourage young people in Thetford to be more entrepreneurial.

The challenge is supported by the Breckland Youth Advisory Board, Ashtons Legal, Keystone Development Trust and Thetford Town Council.

The anti-bullying t-shirts will be available to buy at local events and online.

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