A team of nine year 12 students – Team Renaissance – are gaining valuable business skills by taking part in the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge run by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and are planning a second quiz night as part of the challenge.
The challenge involves each team of students being matched with a local business mentor (their dragon) and a charity or community group. Each team received £100 to start up their businesses in October and have until the end of March to make their ventures a success and raise £1,000 or more. Any profit will be donated to their partner charity.
So far the team have held school discos, a quiz night and had a Halloween stall in The Galleria, Hatfield, selling sweets and our branded merchandise. Their Dragon mentors work at The Galleria and are Viki Twohig and Alison Vaughn from Land Securities.
In the run up to Christmas the team had a pop-up Santa’s Grotto and fundraising stand in The Galleria over a weekend. They sold decorations, reindeer hot chocolate packages, sweets and more.
There is still more to come including another quiz night on Friday 3rd February at the school from 7pm – 10pm. Teams of six to eight are welcome, but smaller groups and individuals can be put together to make a team. Tickets are £8 and include a ploughman’s supper. For ticket enquiries you can contact Linda Cudmore, our Fundraising and Development Manager via
Linda said: "It has been great working with the team from Onslow St Audrey’s School so far. They are organised and enthusiastic and I am confident they will go a long way towards raising the profile of carers in their community, especially young carers in their school. They are showing great entrepreneurial skills and have already raised lots of much needed funds.”
Alison said: “Viki and I are enjoying mentoring such lovely students, they each bring something different to the challenge and we believe that their confidence is growing as it progresses. From day one they have been focused and keen to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for Carers in Hertfordshire. Along the way the students have learnt how young people like themselves are caring for someone in their family as well as trying to have a life of their own. We have great expectations for the team and are so pleased they are all so competitive! We all work very well together and have had lots of laughs along the way too!”