Staff at St. Ann’s Hospice
could soon be drinking to the success of Cheadle Hulme School students, who aim to raise the £6000 needed to keep the hospice open for a day, as they compete in a Dragon’s Den competition to produce a profitable low budget, Christmas stocking-filler.
The group of entrepreneurial 14 year-olds are busy manufacturing a non-alcoholic mulled fruit punch, in the School’s Food and Nutrition classrooms, having won the maximum investment of £100 from a group of business and community leaders in the first round of the “Manchester Airport vs. Students” Dragon’s Den competition.
The next stage of the competition will see the group take their product to the public, in the hope of earning the most profit, before making a final presentation to the Dragons at Manchester Airport, in December.
The drink will be available to purchase from a number of public markets in the next couple of months, including Stockport Market on November 9th, the St Ann's Hospice Heald Green Christmas Fair on November 23rd and the School’s Christmas Fair on November 30th.
Business and Economics Teacher, Miss Leanne Curl said: “It costs up to £6,000 to run a Hospice for just one day and the group have set this as a target to raise before Christmas, through sales of the drink.
“The mulled punch tastes great and the students are doing a fantastic job, sourcing all the ingredients and bottles themselves, as well as creating all their own marketing materials.”
Commenting on the group’s initial presentation, the Dragons said the students were “inspirational” and had “set the bar high” for the rest of the competition.