Richmond School sixth form students raise money for wildlife with charity calendar

Evey Taylor and Adam Hodgson with the calendar.

Year 12 students from Richmond School have created a charity calendar to raise money for endanger wildlife.

The team, which is taking part in the national Young Enterprise competition, covered their costs on the first day of trading and are now making a profit.

All proceeds will go to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The calendar is the idea of Evey Taylor, Adam Hodgson, Archie Forbes and Holly Davies.

The students wanted to start a business which also highlighted the world’s endangered species.

Adam carried out the design work and created the Save Our Species logo featured on the calendars.

He said: “I enjoyed developing a typeface and image that reflects the animals we are aiming to represent.”

Evey added: “It is great that we are contributing to the WWF and promoting awareness of these animals.”

All team members have developed skills in planning and organising, sales and marketing, purchasing, costs and profit, and even an understanding of VAT.

Philip Stockdale, the college’s business advisor from Young Enterprise, said: “Young Enterprise provides young people with the skills and mind-set to make the most of everyday opportunities and challenges.

“Being enterprising is something that can be applied to all walks of life identifying and initiating opportunities as well as adapting to different situations.”

Ms Mannion, lead teacher for careers, added: “I am so impressed by the work ethic the team has shown in getting a product to market with such a tight deadline.

“They have created a high- quality product and a brand that is appealing.”

The team is developing more Save Our Species products which will be launching in the new year.

The team is also planning to attend a trade fair in York in February, and then compete in the regional North Yorkshire heats in March.