Record-breaking Charity Challenge

Entrepreneurial Form 5 pupils got creative and took on the school's annual Fantastic Fiver Charity Challenge raising a record-breaking amount of over £5,400 for this year's school’s beneficiary charity Zoë's Place Coventry Baby Hospice. 

The long-established children's charity provides palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to 5 years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Compassionate care is at the heart of their philosophy and there is no cost to the families who are supported by the charity.

Each pupil, aged just 9 or 10 years old, was given a £5 note and over the course of the six-week challenge used their own business ideas to raise as much money as they could to help support the vital work of the charities clinical team with families across the region.

Many used Easter escapes as an opportunity to raise funds crafting greeting cards with seashells, turning a profit buying and selling lip sun balm, holding virtual international musical concerts and one pupil undertook a sponsored climb of Table Mountain, South Africa. Paintings were commissioned, handmade chocolates crafted, cookies and cakes baked, instruments played, and cars washed with one enterprising pupil approaching Natwest and receiving a community funding award. There were sponsored events with pupils jumping on their bikes, kicking and saving footballs and donning their ice skating boots. A charity bingo event attracted a crowd for one pupil and another resold first-aid kits carving out a profit for the charity with each sale.

Bethany Abbotts, Community and Events Fundraiser with Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, congratulated the children on their fundraising saying, “I would like to extend a huge thank you and well done from everyone at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice to all the Eversfield pupils involved in the Fantastic Fiver Challenge. An incredible amount was raised! 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 innovative ideas. This support will go such a long way here at Zoë’s Place.”

Robert Yates, Headmaster, indicated how proud he was of the children, “Compassion is at the heart of our school code and now, more than ever, we live in a world that requires us to take a fresh approach to almost every aspect of our lives and how we interact within society. I am incredibly proud of how all the children rose to the challenge and developed ingenious ways to contribute back to society and support those in our local community.”