Six Year 12 girls have dived into the business world as part of a business challenge and as part of it they swam 140 lengths of the pool at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, St Albans - the distance of Lake Windermere on Sunday 31st January.
The girls, from Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden, were part of Team Illusion, and had been taking part in the 7th St Albans Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge since September. They received £100 to start up a business and had until Sunday to make their ventures a success and raise £1,000 or more – with any profit they make going to support us, Carers in Hertfordshire.
Eloise Culley, Team Captain, who took part in the swim said: “As untrained athletes we were sceptical about the swim, but like everything else during the business challenge we did it as a team. We were extremely proud of our accomplishments. We may have been sore the next day, but we can now say that we can swim 140 lenghts in under two and a bit hours. We were delighted the swim raised over £1,000 and we would like to thank everyone who sponsored us.”
Apart from the swim, the team of eight students were involved in a variety of activities as part of the business challenge. These were:
- A quiz night;
- Selling ice cream and refreshments at school events such as the school musical and parents evenings;
- A stall at Wheathampstead Lights Up Christmas where they sold sweets, drinks and other items;
- Christmas carols and collection at Asda in Ware,
- Selling charity wristbands, badges and other items at the school.
Linda Cudmore, our Development and Fundraising Manager, said: “The girls from Team Illusion have been so busy during the four month challenge and have held lots of really successful events that have involved a lot of organisation and planning. We are all keen to learn if they raised the most money out of all the teams taking part and hope they will also sucessfully win some of the awards.”
Linda continued: “The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge delivers all round as it gives budding young entrepreneurs the chance to learn and practice skills that businesses seek and helps raise much-needed funds and awareness for local charities like us. The money raised for us means carers can get support to make their caring role easier. This could be advice when they need it, a break from caring or chance to improve or develop a skill by attending one of our courses.”
Lesley Garner, a General Manager from Everyone Active, which operates the leisure centre in partnership with St Albans City & District Council, said: “We are very impressed with the girls achievement at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre and thrilled they chose our pool as their venue. It’s a great achievment and a fantastic cause.”
If you want to find out more about how you can support our charity please call Linda on 01992 58 69 69.