Young entrepreneurs score for Alan's Foundation

June 2013

Alan with winning team Platinum from St Thomas More's team

Football legend Alan Shearer has been awarding team prizes to aspiring young entrepreneurs who have shown they can score for charity by running with an idea and turning a profit.

And it proved to be a hat trick performance for the winning school, St Thomas More, Blaydon, which took our Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year trophy for the third year in a row, at the ceremony held at the Alan Shearer Centre, Newcastle.

Over £18,000 was returned by 21 teams from schools and Sixth Form Colleges across the North East which entered the competition run by St Cuthberts Care, as part of our fundraising for the Alan Shearer Foundation. St Thomas More's team, Platinum, returned £3,200 from its £250 seed money provided last September to enable schools to create income-generating projects. A combination of cake sales, tuck shops, litter picks and a raffle proved to be the winning money making formula for the all-girl team.

A curry / quiz night with auction helped runners up team KEVI Student Voice, from King Edward VI School in Morpeth, to take the Single Most Profitable Venture award when it raised £2,600 in one evening.

Alan told the students his resolve to fulfil his dream began when he was 15. "Someone once said I would never be a footballer, but that was my passion and there was only ever one thing I wanted to do … I was determined to prove that guy wrong."

"We are all talented as individuals whether it's in business, sport, singing – we are all given something. It's never going to be easy but if we are determined, even if you don't fulfil that dream, at least you can say you have tried,” he said.

The ceremony coincided with the announcement of a donation of £28,500 from Procter & Gamble's manufacturing facility based at Seaton Delaval, Northumberland. The contribution from P&G's Community Matters fund will be used to develop a new sensory room at the Alan Shearer Centre, a specialist resource which is funded by the Foundation, enabling its free use by disabled people.

Austin Donohoe, Chief Executive of St Cuthberts Care said: "The news of this generous donation is timely indeed. Just as we are introducing young people to the business world and to glean an understanding of corporate social responsibility – we receive a cheque from a supportive business doing its bit to help our communities."

All the money made by these youngsters will be used towards the Foundation's overall target in helping to keep facilities free of charge at the Activity Centre, and to provide a number of free respite care places to existing members at the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre.

The purpose of the Foundation, launched last May, is to raise a minimum of £250,000 each year to help to make a difference to thousands of people's lives with profound disabilities and sensory impairments.

You can see pictures of the day in our YSE Awards Image Gallery.