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Northampton College pupils “Ramp up the Red” for Tenner

Pupils and teachers wore red and took part in a series of fun filled events in exchange for donating money

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Ramping up the red with the Tenner Relay

A group of students from Northampton College are today competing in the UK’s first ever enterprise relay by hosting a red themed festival in a bid to turn a £10 loan into as much profit as possible in just 24 hours.

The Young Enterprise Tenner relay sees a £10 note travel the length of the country, challenging school children along the way to turn it into more money by doing something creative and enterprising.

LISTEN:  Great BBC Radio Northampton broadcast about the college’s Ramp Up The Red day for Tenner Relay

The relay marks the launch of this year’s Tenner Challenge, Britain’s biggest nationwide enterprise competition for young people, which will see over 25,000 school pupils across the UK competing to turn their £10 into a larger sum of money over a period of a month.

The students at Northampton College have created their own festival called, ‘Ramp up the Red’, which will involve pupils and teachers wearing red and taking part in a series of fun filled events in exchange for donating money.

Local employer, Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance broker, have been working closely with the college offering the students business advice, whilst Northampton Fire Service is bringing along a fire engine and educating attendees on fire safety as part of the red theme fundraiser.

Virgin Active are donating prizes for the ‘kick up’ and basketball challenge; SantaPod and Northampton Saints Rugby are both donating prizes for the raffle; and the Sustrans Advisor from Northampton University is bringing a smoothie bike allowing guests to turn a cycle ride in to an exotic juice.

The pupils, aged sixteen to eighteen years old, who spent their ten pound pledge on red sweets; hope their stall selling red themed merchandise including baked goods, alongside their raffle, music performance and various games will be a hit with the local community.

Their profits will be donated to the British Heart Foundation, a charity close to the pupils’ hearts.

Natasha Ipinge, 17, a student at Northampton College says: “We are really looking forward to taking part in the Tenner Relay and can’t wait to put all our planning in place to raise as much money as we can. It’s great to be part of a team working towards something worthwhile like this.”

Putting all aspects of business into practice, the students have worked over the last few weeks to ensure their day is a success.

In addition to advertising the day on Twitter and Facebook, they have put posters up round the college.

Emma Attree, Student Development Manager at Northampton College said: “I am so excited about the College being asked to take part in the Young Enterprise Tenner Relay; it’s a great opportunity to raise money for charity whilst also showcasing the talent of our students.

“It gives all students involved the opportunity to learn new skills while working in the shop, collecting donations & working with the pupils from the local primary school, I hope this is the beginning of our students learning just what being enterprising is all about.”

The Tenner Challenge is run by Young Enterprise, the country’s largest enterprise education charity. The competition has produced thousands of young business stars since its inception in 2007.

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