Cramlington youngsters on board for a charity challenge

Pupils from Shiremoor Primary School with Newcastle Building Society chief executive Andrew Haigh.
Pupils from Shiremoor Primary School with Newcastle Building Society chief executive Andrew Haigh.
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Pupils at a Cramlington school are on board for a finance-themed fundraiser run by one of the north east’s best-known businesses.

Year 5 youngsters at Hareside Primary School are taking part in Newcastle Building Society’s fifth boardroom charity challenge.

The annual fundraiser is a financial education programme challenging children to come up with business ideas that benefit their communities and also turn a profit.

Eight schools from across the region are taking part in this year’s challenge, and the winning team from each school will pitch their ideas to a panel of building society bosses at the event’s final in June.

A top prize of £1,000 is up for grabs for the entrant able to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winning team from Shiremoor Primary School in North Tyneside.

Its winning idea was a fun run in Benton’s Rising Sun Country Park in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.

Building society chief executive Andrew Haigh said: “It’s never too early for young people to start learning how to manage their money and how to make it work harder.

“Our boardroom charity challenge gives us a wonderful opportunity every year to share our expertise in this area with hundreds of children across the north east, and we’re already excited to hear about the ideas that our teams are going to present to us this time around.

“The enthusiasm of our young participants is always hugely impressive, and the quality of the ideas that they put forward always makes deciding which one deserves to come out on top extremely difficult.

“We’d like to wish the Hareside Primary School team the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them into our boardroom later in the year.”