The Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School pupils have been able to raise over £3,000 for the homeless charity Nightsafe through their Enterprise Week fundraising. This is the biggest donation the charity has ever been able to receive from a school.
In the school’s annual Enterprise Week, the year ten pupils were able to set up retail businesses that donated all profits to the Blackburn charity. The Blackburn charity supports young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who experience homelessness.
The funds were raised to help Nightsafe provide a room for emergency accommodation for whoever needs it. A total of ten teams had competed against each other to raise profits for funding an investment of £50.
Key business figures including Ilyas Munshi (Commercial Director of Euro Garages) and Ruth Rathmell of Truth Creative came to motivate the pupils for their noble cause. Each team devised a business plan describing how they would make their profits. And at the end, the students formulated company reports and presented them to a panel of school staff along with Enterprise Advisor Kay Vaughan of Inspiration.
Nazma, the head of year ten at TIGHS remarked, “Our Enterprise Week was an excellent experience for our students. The fundraising challenge coupled with inspirational speakers and meaningful lessons, such as the science behind the cosmetic industry and persuasive rhetoric, proved to be a winning formula for a very successful week. Our students particularly enjoyed working with real money and having the realisation that with a heap of determination and a sparkle of enthusiasm, wonders can be achieved. We are proud to have raised a large sum of money to donate to a very worthy charity.”
The chief executive of Nightsafe, Jan Larkin while giving his remarks told us, “We are absolutely delighted that the girls at Tauheedul chose us as their charity. It’s great that some inspirational ideas have generated such a large amount of money. It sounds like everyone learnt a lot and had a lot of fun raising much-needed funds for Nightsafe. Every penny raised will be spent to make a real difference to the lives of our young people.”