Breaking News: Age old mystery solved - the chicken came first!

July 2013

Alan Shearer with students from Mortimer College

A fledgling business idea has been hatched by pupils keen to have a crack at a new enterprise and join the Alan Shearer Foundation's Young Social Entrepreneur competition.

Students from Mortimer Community College, South Tyneside, came up with an idea to sell knitted, woollen chicks containing chocolate eggs to fellow pupils to raise money for the Foundation.

“We gave out a basic pattern and asked parents and grandparents to get involved and knit the chicks. They sent them back and we added eyes and the chocolate eggs and sold them at break time,” said Mortimer student, George Ebberson, who added that their nest egg donation to the Foundation amounted to £120.

The college heard about the Young Entrepreneur contest through this year's runners up school, King Edward VI in Morpeth, and acted as a “subsidiary company” for them.

“We hope to enter our own team in the competition next year,” said George.

The search for the Young Social Entrepreneurs 2014 will begin when details are announced in the new school term in September.

If you would like to raise money for the Alan Shearer Foundation please contact Nicola Milne 0191 228 0111 or email