Enterprising pupils show commitment and passion for Haven House

Haven House School enterprise project raises highest total to date

A total of 72 students, nine schools, 18 teachers and staff from Galliard Homes celebrated raising a staggering £23,453 for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

A special awards evening was held at Redbridge Drama Centre to mark the end of the Schools Enterprise Project, an initiative aimed at raising vital funds for Haven House.

Back in September, teams of students from participating schools, were tasked with turning a £50 seed capital into £1500 for the hospice, by using key business skills to put on a range of fundraising events and activities.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Galliard Homes provided two mentors per school to give practical support and share business skills, including planning and budgeting, to help the teams to reach their goal.

Ginny Donnelly from Haven House said:

“I am always inspired by the young people taking part in this project and witnessing their enthusiasm, commitment, hard work and passion for Haven House is a real privilege. Although only teams of 8 students take part, the whole school is integral to the success of this project, and we are so grateful for their support."

“This year’s schools have exceeded all expectations and raised a fantastic total - the highest to date. This will make such a difference to the children and families supported by Haven House, and we can’t thank them enough.”

Over a 12-week period pupils put on a range of activities including tuck shops, cake sales, raffles, sporting activities, concerts, car washes, busking and even a 2,000 km challenge!

The commitment, passion and resilience shown by the students and their teachers against the backdrop of school commitments, exams and the challenge of restrictions caused by the pandemic was nothing short of inspiring. 

The students thoroughly enjoyed this process and taken advantage of the multiple benefits from being involved - learning a range of transferable skills; working as a team; building confidence & self-esteem; working on a project that benefits the local community and for Year 12s, adding value to their UCAS forms and CVs. All this on top of the opportunity of working alongside professionals from Galliard Homes.

Kat Pinnell, Head of Drama and Careers Lead at Woodbridge High School said:

“Leading a group of students through the Haven House enterprise project was nothing short of awesome! As a teacher, I strive to instill in the young people I reach the importance of community, independence and social action. This programme encapsulates all of these elements and so much more. The students were empowered to reach out to local businesses, their school community and mentors from Galliard Homes and also learn about the most incredible cause; Haven House. Planning, running events and leading others is such a brilliant experience that I know students will remember for years to come! Thank you to Haven House and Galliard Homes for this brilliant project!"

Huge congratulations to the Schools Enterprise Project 2021 participants, Bancroft’s School; Forest School; Kantor King Solomon High School; Queen Elizabeth’s Girls School, Barnet; St Ignatius College, Enfield; Southgate School, Enfield; Trinity Catholic High School; Woodford County High School and Woodbridge High School. You are all amazing!

Victoria Anthony, Group Human Resources Director at Galliard Homes said:

"It has once again been an honour and a privilege to sponsor the Galliard Homes Enterprise Project and support the students in their efforts to fundraise for Haven House.  The commitment, enthusiasm and innovation demonstrated by all parties in challenging circumstances is to be commended.  Thanks once again to our mentors, without whom this would not be possible and congratulations to all those involved."

We asked the students what they liked about the School Enterprise and here is what they said:

Yakin – Year 12 Southgate School:

"I made new friends, worked as a team and came up with new ideas and learned how to bake."

Ella and Tom - year 12 Woodbridge School:

"Working as a team and having regular meetings, working on events, learning to organise and overcome problems and collaborating together."

Haven House in partnership with Galliard Homes will be working on the next School Enterprise Projects in April and September. If your school would like to apply for a place, please contact Haven House’s Community Fundraiser Ginny Donnelly on 07715 990097.