Business is good at charitable Gosport school

Pupils from Portsmouth and Horndean schools compete in tech contest

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ENTERPRISING students have raised more than £1,450 for charity – after setting up 23 businesses with loans of just £5 from their teacher Jenny Wedick.

Youngsters at Newtown CoE Primary in Gosport, who created companies selling goods and services, were celebrating excellent profits ranging between £2 and £200.

James Meadowcroft, seven, who sold party bags filled with sweets, said: ‘I liked making the bags best because I had to get a jug of sweets so each bag was the same and use ribbon to tie the bag.

‘We curled the ends of the ribbon to make it look good.

‘I sold to my family and sold in school. I feel proud of how much I raised. I expected to make £15 but I made £27!’

Mrs Wedick said she was thrilled with venture and has pledged to top up the amount to make £1,500 so that the three charities Breakfast Club, Riziki Children’s Organisation and Trade Aid Tanzania will get £500 each.

She said: ‘All my £5 notes have come back to me and the overall profit is fantastic – everyone’s a winner.’