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Tenner Challenge - Saint Francis Hospital

Our kind-hearted pupils recently decided to fundraise for the very worthy charity Saint Francis Hospice. The charity, particularly close to the heart of our School Governor, Paul Gersh, provides both hospice and home care for terminally ill patients living in Havering, Brentwood, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex, as well as providing therapy and support services to patients and the people who love them.

Undertaking the Tenner Challenge, a free nationwide challenge for young people aged 11-19 years olds, our budding Business Studies entrepreneurs were each given £10 to get their business ideas off the ground and make as much impact as possible. From jewellery to sweet treats, the pupils impressed us with their business ideas and sold their ‘creations’ last Thursday. We were also fortunate to meet ‘Frankie the St Francis Hospice mascot’ and their wonderful team who came to school to speak about the charity and the fantastic work it does.

We are delighted to announce that we raised an impressive £339.80 from our business ideas and our non-uniform day and it will give us great pleasure to be able to donate this money to this worthy cause.

Because Saint Francis Hospice is an independent charity, there is no cost if their services are needed. The hospice needs to raise over £8 million each year because only 28% of costs are paid by the Government. 870 skilled and committee volunteers help to keep the charity running and bring huge joy and support to those who need the care. A £5 donation will pay for one patient meal and £25.25 will pay for a nurse’s care for one hour.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful charity please visit their website www.sfh.org.uk/donate