Entrepreneurial Students Raise Thousands in Apprentice-style Challenge

Sunderland University students have risen to the business challenge, taking £25 and turning it into thousands of pounds for a local charity, using their entrepreneurial skills.

Thirty-three teams in the first year of their studies at the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism took up the Take 25 Challenge. Sponsored by intu Eldon Square, each team was given £25 and had to use this to raise as much money as possible in just a month.

The teams raised an amazing total of £5,597.77!

The range of fundraising activities they took on was as eye-popping as the amount raised. They held music nights and pub quizzes; they planned a Greek party; they made pancakes and baked cakes; they went on charity walks and took part in TCF’s annual abseil last month; one student even had a sponsored hair dyeing – and there was almost a sponsored tattoo!

All teams were invited to a special Prize Night held in Revolution in Sunderland, where prizes were awarded to the winning team, runners-up and Outstanding Individuals. The winning team was Heroes for Children, who raised £564.31 from the initial £25. Runner-ups were William’s Warriors, raising £537.81.

Module leader Joel Arnott said: “This challenge provided students with a fantastic opportunity to develop, learn, and give back to their community. Overall, the students enthusiastically embraced the opportunity. There were a good number exceptional team performances, and the overall result was amazing, surpassing the expected outcome by some margin and contributing to such a worthy cause.”

Read more about it in the Sunderland Echo.