A good idea just keeps spreading. Kirkheaton Primary School is the latest group to be inspired by Kirkheaton Parish Church’s £10 Challenge. Working with the charity ‘Design for Change’ the school have invested £10 in collecting boxes and ‘thank you’ stickers and asked people to bring in 1p and 2p coins. The children responded and brought in thousands of them, raising around £200 for the Blood and Lymphatic Cancer Care Trust.
When the Revd Richard Steel used the Biblical Parable of the Talents to inspire a fundraising campaign in 2012/13, little did he know just how far it would spread. After giving away £600 in £10 notes people raised £11,500 in all sorts of creative ways, from home-made cards to bird boxes. The idea has been taken up by a number of other churches and groups and earlier this year the British arm of the group ‘Design for Change’ asked Mr Steel to launch their own version – and then gave him two £10 in return to give to local schools.
“I’ve just been to congratulate the children,” he says. “It’s absolutely lovely to see a simple idea continuing to inspire people, especially children, to work for others – and have fun doing it as well.”
The charity was selected because one of the pupils, Joshua Robinson, is currently being treated for Leukemia.
“It’s been great to see the children working on this,” adds Deputy Head Barbara Robson. “The whole idea came from the School Council who wanted to respond to Mr Steel’s challenge. It’s gone so well I’d love to do it again next year, maybe giving even more away, so that we can raise more.”
“And I’ve still got another £10 to give away,” says Mr Steel. “Any school interested just get in touch.”