STUDENTS celebrated turning £10 into hundreds for charitable causes.

Students from IPACA, along with parents and teachers, attended an awards evening to celebrate the conclusion of the first Tenner Challenge.

The Young Enterprise national initiative was launched in February and students had to come up with a business idea to turn a profit from a loan of £10 from the school.

There were 47 enterprises launched at the beginning of March, ranging from wine charms, cake stalls, lemonade stands and postcards and making hundreds of pounds for worthy beneficiaries including the fire service, charities and community groups.

IPACA’s alternative learning manager, Sam Hendrie said, “Our students’ enthusiasm was infectious. Through the challenge they have developed their creativity, passion, determination, risk taking, problem solving and team working.”

The students were presented with awards at an Oscars-style bash to celebrate their achievements.

Principal Alison Appleyard said: “This challenge has been an exemplar of learning at IPACA.

“Through this our pupils have further developed an important set of skills that will support them through their lives.”

One dedicated team made and sold cakes, making more than £250 for Dorset’s Julia’s House charity.

Brodie Cook, Lia Wheadon, Talia Woolley, Emily Woof and Emily Swearse, all aged 15, used their money to gather ingredients and bake cakes for a number of bake sales, two of which took place during their lunch breaks during school time.

Another two bake sales were held on Saturday, March 22 and a week later on March 29 at the card shop in Easton.

The dedicated team raised a total of £273.60, and despite giving back £10 each to IPACA as part of the project, all the proceeds will go to Julia’s House.

Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity in Dorset dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across the county and in South Wiltshire. Ian Wadley, community fundraiser at Julia’s House, said: “It is always fantastic to see young people involved in fundraising for Julia’s House and we thank and congratulate the students on their brilliant efforts.”

The winners are:

  • Teamwork – Tuck and Toys by Ewan Gordon, Travis Smith, Ethan Paulley, Elijah Doyley, Charlie Baldwin and Will Cairns. Income £135, profit £39 and supported charity – Island Play.
  • Passion – Amazing Lemonade Stand by Rhiannon Chapman. Income £333, profit £301 and supported charity – Island Play
  • Determination – The Animators by Solomon Ashe, Dylan Garbutt and Ayden Simpson. Income £50, profit £39 and supported charity – Water Aid
  • Creativity – Sticks & Stones by Chelsey Goldsack, Sadee Miller and Darcy Hansford. Income £204.50, profit £193 and supported charity – Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Problem Solving –‘Little Madams Chocs and Treats’ by Jorja Costello and Jada Gilbert. Income £311.73, profit £186 and supported charity – Help for Heroes and Cancer Research
  • Risk Taking – Macy’s Charms by Macy Redhead. Income £180, profit £155 and supported charity – Fancy’s Farm
  • Best Enterprise – Storms R Us by Charlotte Pascoe and Sharla Helms. Income £367, profit £240 and supported charity – Island Community Action