Lowestoft school embarks on £50 fund-raising challenge for EACH

Ormiston Denes Academy students launch the £50 challenge to raise funds for Each charity.Harriet Cla

Ormiston Denes Academy students launch the £50 challenge to raise funds for Each charity.Harriet Clarke (left) and Taylor Dyer-Jackman. - Credit: Nick Butcher

When you are trying to raise money for charity, giving out £50 to a group of youngsters might seem like an unusual step.

Ormiston Denes Academy students launch the £50 challenge to raise funds for Each charity.

Ormiston Denes Academy students launch the £50 challenge to raise funds for Each charity. - Credit: Nick Butcher

But fund-raisers at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) are confident they will only be temporarily out of pocket as these young entrepreneurs from a Lowestoft school aim to turn the cash into a tidy profit.

EACH fund-raiser Dee Manning visited Ormiston Denes Academy, in Yarmouth Road, on Friday (February 5) to hand over a £50 note to the budding Alan Sugars and Karren Bradys.

She expects to see a return on the investment in 12 weeks time, with the school's Inspire House leading the challenge to organise as many fund-raising events as possible in that time.

They have already prepared a Valentine's disco and baked Valentine's cookies, which will be personalised and delivered around the school.

Ormiston Denes Academy students launch the £50 challenge to raise funds for Each charity.

Ormiston Denes Academy students launch the £50 challenge to raise funds for Each charity. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Ideas are also afoot for a world cuisine day and for teachers to take part in a sponsored leg wax - but Ormiston Denes wants to get other schools to get on board so they can join forces and boost the overall fund-raising total.

Ms Manning said of the £50 challenge: 'We do like to come up with something different each time.

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'Perhaps the students will become entrepreneurs.'

Ormiston Denes project manager Julie Mayo added: 'I think it gives the students a feeling of even more control of what they want to do.

'It is making them think about all those entrepreneurial skills - coming up with ideas, problem-solving, teamwork and communication.

'Valentine's Day and Easter are two big events to do something with. It will be lovely to see what we can do.'

EACH was chosen as the charity the school should raise money for as two Inspire House students recently suffered the loss of a sibling and received invaluable support from EACH during that time.

Schools that want to find out more about the EACH £50 Challenge or send in a donation, should contact either Julie Mayo at Ormiston Denes Academy by calling 01502 574474 or email jmayo@ormistondenes.co.uk

Alternatively contact EACH Suffolk community fund-raiser Hannah Walker on 01473 276193 or hannah.walker@each.org.uk

Are you organising a fund-raising event for charity? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525820 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk