BUDDING businessmen and women at Balsall Common Primary School are hoping to put their entrepreneurial skills to good use and raise money for Age UK Solihull.
Year 5 pupils at the primary school have each been given a £5 note as part of the charity’s ‘Flourishing Fivers’ fundraising scheme.
Lorraine Heart, fundraising manager at Age UK Solihull, visited the youngsters armed with a stack of £5 notes and spoke about the issues facign elderly people in the borough and across the country.
Each of the 91 children was presented with a £5 note which they will use as ‘investment’ to get their money-making scheme off the ground – whether this is buying ingredients for cakes or prizes or a raffle.
They will each see how much they can make this £5 ‘grow’ in four weeks – donating all the profits to Age UK Solihull.
Encouraging the children to get their thinking caps on, Ms Hart 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.
“This is the first time we have run the campaign with a school and I can’t wait to see what the
winning idea is.”
Howard Rose, funding and publicity manager at the primary school, added: “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.”