#TogetherWeWill: Year 10 Take to the World of Virtual Fundraising

May 11th, 2020

What happens when Bham Envision Launchlockdown hits in the middle of a school fundraising challenge?

Redthread’s Corporate Fundraising Officer, Anna McLoughlin, tells us how a group of Year 10s took on the world of virtual fundraising and raised over £500.


Redthread would like to say thank you to the Year 10 students at Trinity School and Conisborough College, London and Ark Kings Academy, Birmingham who so far have raised a total of £557 to support our work. The students have been working tirelessly to support Redthread this year, as part of Envision’s Community Apprentice Programme.

Based on the TV series, The Apprentice, the Programme is a 12-week inter-school competition empowering young people to tackle issues that affect their local communities. After selecting a charity that resonates with them, each team is tasked with completing three challenges: the Awareness-Raising Challenge, the Fundraising Challenge and the Pitching Challenge with the chance to win additional funds for their chosen charity.

Redthread has been lucky enough to benefit from the support of Trinity School and Conisborough College, London and Ark Kings Academy, Birmingham, who said they felt “passionate” about the cause and wanted to “support vulnerable young people” in their communities.

 “This cause is really important to us as a lot of young people and children our age are directly affected by youth violence, including a lot of students in our school.”  

“Redthread is important to us because it helps support young people’s needs in times of trauma. It helps them overcome challenges and obstacles.” 

Throughout the challenge, we visited the teams in their schools and helped them to plan their activities. It was inspiring to hear their enthusiasm for supporting Redthread’s cause and their sensitive, compassionate discussion of issues including youth mental health.

Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, the students had been busy running quizzes, presenting to their peers in assembly and designing posters for display in school to raise awareness for Redthread and our work with young victims of violence. 

Sadly, as schools remain closed due to Coronavirus, the teams were forced to cancel their upcoming fundraisers. Despite the setback, the students have persevered with the project and with the help of their business mentors, have taken to the world of virtual fundraising by setting up their own campaigns on JustGiving.

All teams have received glowing praise from their mentors, which is testament to their commitment and success in raising awareness about Redthread’s work:

“Keep up the good work guys, supporting causes like this is really important and helps build a better future for everyone!”- Supporter for Trinity School

Such a shame we did not get to complete the fundraising event, it was an absolute pleasure working with such an enthusiastic group of young people.”-  AllianceBernstein commenting on Conisborough College’s Just Giving.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the students at Conisborough College, Trinity School and Kings Ark Academy, who have worked so hard to raise awareness and vital funds for Redthread throughout the programme. We are so proud of all you have achieved and the dedication and compassion you have shown to other young people in your communities. With your help, we are closer to a society in which all young people are healthy, safe and happy. 

We would also like to extend our thanks to the business mentors at AllianceBernstein, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), for their guidance and encouragement throughout the programme. Taking to the digital world of fundraising, staff at AllianceBernstein showed their support for Redthread and Conisborough College by wearing red clothing in a virtual meeting.

There is still time to support the students’ hard work in the Community Apprentice programme. You can donate to their pages here, which will close on 15th May:

If your school or business would like to support Redthread, please get in touch with Anna at anna.mcloughlin@redthread.org.uk.

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