17th March 2017
Congratulations to Level 3 Business students who have been crowned St Leonard’s Hospice Accumulator Challenge Champions 2017 after turning £30 into over £3,000 in just 30 days!
Please listen below for Minster FM coverage of York College's efforts in the Accumulator Challenge 2017:
Students competed against 18 other teams from across North Yorkshire including Minster FM, Royal Bank of Scotland and The Marriott Hotel to create the largest profit from a £30 loan in 30 days. The students kick-started the challenge by hosting a charity dinner in Ashfields restaurant as well as a raffle and auction with prizes including a ski trip to Bulgaria, afternoon tea at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall and a PlayStation 4.
Using all their business acumen, the students created a packed itinerary of fundraising events running throughout February including Valentine’s roses; a daily ‘tuck shop’ and a loose change sunflower. Their fundraising efforts concluded with a fundraising finalé on Shrove Tuesday with a pancake sale, tombola and coast-to-coast cycle challenge where staff and students cycled from Scarborough to Liverpool in the College Atrium.
Josh Thomas (previously of Tadcaster Grammar School) said: “After visiting the Hospice and seeing how much they help friends and families, as well as the patients themselves, we wanted to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.”
The students’ continued hard work culminated at an awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel hosted by Minster FM breakfast presenters Ben and Ellie. Also, BBC Business Correspondent Steph McGovern appeared on a pre-recorded video to announce the winner and said: “I have the great pleasure of announcing the overall winner… a massive congratulations to York College Business Bulldogs!”
The students were understandably overjoyed with this achievement, George Bourne-Arton from Ripon said: “We were thrilled to win the Accumulator Challenge. It was a really good experience that taught us different aspects of business including negotiating, organising and the marketing of events.”
Danny Alexander (previously of St Augustine’s RC School, Scarborough) said: “We did really well to beat our target and learnt so much about the planning side of events.”
Business Tutor Rianne Hughes said: “This has been an excellent opportunity for the students to hone their business skills; they approached local businesses and haggled in true ‘Apprentice’ style, managing to gather a fantastic array of prizes. They put so much effort into the Challenge, raising an enormous £3410.61, and showcased what Business students at York College are capable of.”