Entrepreneurial pupils turn fivers into thousands for FastAid - The Solihull Observer

Entrepreneurial pupils turn fivers into thousands for FastAid

Solihull Editorial 21st May, 2024   0

BUDDING businessmen and women at Eversfield Preparatory School put their entrepreneurial skills to good use and raise money for FastAid.

Enterprising Form 5 pupils were each given a £5 note as part of the Solihull school’s annual Fantastic Fiver Charity Challenge.

Each of the 39 pupils, aged just 9 or 10 years old, were challenged to raise as much as they could for the charity, which recruits and equips Community First Responders (CFRs) throughout Solihull and Birmingham, over the course of six weeks through a business they created.

The CFRs are all volunteers, trained to nationally recognised standards and despatched to 999 emergency calls by the West Midlands Ambulance Service along with an ambulance as soon as one is available.

Being local they can be on the scene quickly to start lifesaving treatment, begin clinical care and provide reassurance before the ambulance arrives.

The pupils raised a whopping £4,400 for the charity through gardening, organising raffles, new-to-you book and golf ball sales, babysitting, waitressing and car washing including farm vehicles and an ambulance.

One enterprising pupil sought permission from Solihull Council to run a loom band bracelet sale in the park, another crafted hair scrunchies using recycled material, and several took on a sponsored challenge opting to jump on their bikes, dive into pools and don their running shoes, one pupil even took on a Readathon committing to read 100 pages for 10 days.

Terry Flower, community responder, at FastAid, said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you and a big well done from everyone at FastAid to all the Eversfield pupils involved in the Fantastic Fiver Challenge.

“We have and continue to be blown away by the efforts of all the staff and children involved at Eversfield, their creativity, willingness to support, and enthusiasm for a challenge! Not only is the funding important to our work across the area, but that so many have worked so hard for us is truly inspirational.”


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