A team of students from a school in Romford made sure that fellow pupils could give original gifts to their sweethearts on Valentine's Day by baking special heart shaped biscuits and raising money for the local charity in the process.
Known as Team FBA, four girls from The Frances Bardley Academy for Girls in Brentwood Road made biscuits and cakes for sale throughout the school day on Friday February 14th. They are part of a competition pitting them against teams of 14-18 year olds from six other schools across Havering, Brentwood and Redbridge. The teams are all taking part in the hospice's MATCH business challenge, run in partnership with Barry Hearn and his company Matchroom Sport, with the support of Barclays Bank.
Team FBA from Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls , From L to R: Lily Kirk, Taryn Robertson, team helper Vanessa Onilogbo, Sarra Zambos and Abbie Lawrence.
The aim of the competition, which runs until the end of March, is to set up and run a business venture and try and generate as much profit as possible that will go towards the specialist care Saint Francis Hospice provides for local people affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness. Each team was given a start-upfund of £250 in October from sponsor Matchroom Sport and received advice and coaching from Barry Hearn and mentors from Barclays Bank.
The cakes day was just one of a series of fund-raising events the girls have organised. Oli Taal one of the mentors from Barclays Bank said: "I'm really impressed with the way the girls have worked to make today successful and the way they have adapted to cope with the bad weather affecting their plans to sell herbs grown in the school garden,"
Abbie Lawrence one of the team said: We had an event before Christmas when we sold cakes, cards and badges and made more that £120."
Taryn another member of the team said: "We have been running a "readathon" where we have been encouraging Year 7 pupils to get sponsorship to see how many books on an animal or nature theme they can read. We're also planning a talent show for March 6th where we can get fellow pupils to buy tickets for 50p to see their teachers performing!"
Members of the winning team will get an iPad3 and the offer of work experience at Brentwood-based Matchroom Sport or Saint Francis Hospice. To learn more about MATCH or other ways to support the charity please visit www.sfh.org.uk or call 01708 771433
Cakes on display for pupils and staff to buy on February 14th.
Team FBA with some of their cakes. From L to R: Lily Kirk, Matthew Lawrence from Barclays Bank, Taryn Robertson, Mary-Anne MaDonavan(Saint Francis Hospice). team helper Vanessa Onilogbo, Sarra Zambos, Oli Taal (Barclays Bank) and Abbie Lawrence
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