Year 5 pupils at Balsall Common Primary School and Castle Bromwich Primary School got the opportunity to become young entrepreneurs with Age UK Solihull’s ‘Flourishing Fivers’ scheme.
Lorraine Hart from Age UK Solihull visited each school to talk about the issues elderly people face and how by taking part in ‘Flourishing Fivers’, children could help.
Lorraine brought along a stack of £5 notes to each school and gave some pointers about how pupils could make their money grow.
‘Keepie uppie’ contests, car washing, selling cakes, sweets and popcorn were just some of the fundraising ideas pupils came up with at the launch.
Each child in Year 5 has been given £5 and they will use this ‘investment’ to buy ingredients or prizes for their money making scheme and then see how much they can make it grow in 2-3 weeks – all in aid of Age UK Solihull.
Lorraine, who is Fundraising Manager for the charity said, “The children were really enthusiastic about the idea, especially as the money they raise will help older people in the Solihull area, which could include their grandparents, aunties and uncles and neighbours. I can’t wait to see what the winning idea is”.
Howard Rose, Funding & Publicity Manager from Balsall Common Primary School said, “This is such a great charity and we are proud to support it. It’s such a novel idea that encourages both entrepreneurship and charity. I am sure it will be a great success”.
Once the campaign is over, children will had back their £5 investment, plus whatever else they have managed to raise.
Last year, the pupils made an impressive 53% profit, but this year hope to beat that.
If your school would like to get involved in ‘Flourishing Fivers’, please contact Lorraine Hart on 0121 704 7842 or email email@example.com