Have You Heard the One About the Charity Joke Book?

25th September 2012

Sheffield Law Firm Joins Forces With BizKids To Raise Funds For St Luke's Hospice Budding entrepreneurs from Sheffield's Westbourne School, supported by a team of solicitors from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell, had the last laugh when their celebrity joke book raised £2,500 for St Luke's Hospice and won the city's first BizKids competition.

Biz Kids was launched by Sheffield based charity St Luke's Hospice earlier this year. The six week pilot project for junior school pupils saw children working alongside volunteers from local businesses who -loaned the children £100 and acted as mentors for the pupils who were tasked with launching their own charitable enterprise. Staff at Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield office selected St Luke's Hospice as its charity of the year for 2012. The charity is Sheffield's only hospice that aims to provide the best possible quality of life to local people aged 18 and above who have incurable illnesses. The Westbourne Joke Book is a collection of some of the youngsters' favourite gags after the group put out a request for celebrity jokes. The children received responses from popular artists The Killers, comedian Harry Hill and the BBC CBeebies Friday Download Gang. Kerry Smith, a commercial lawyer at Irwin Mitchell and mentor for the Westbourne BizKids, commented: It didn't take long for the pupils at Westbourne School to decide that they wanted to create their own joke book. The group were really enthusiastic and were delighted by the responses they had from some of their favourite celebrities. I am so proud of the group for raising such a substantial amount for St Luke's and for winning the competition; it is a great achievement and is testament to their creativity and hard work. BizKids is a fantastic project and a really great way of engaging school children in business enterprise and giving back to a worthy cause. All the children were aware that the main aim was to raise money for a local charity and this really spurred them on. It was amazing to see children at such a young age really embrace such a challenge. We definitely have some strong up-and-coming business entrepreneurs in Sheffield. Chair of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation, Adrian Budgen, said: Irwin Mitchell is committed to being a socially responsible organisation and has a comprehensive community programme that covers raising attainment in schools, supporting vulnerable groups and offering pro bono support to those who need it the most. BizKids was a great opportunity to not only give something back to a charity that is close to our business but also to raise career aspirations of young people in the local area. This is a fantastic achievement for the pupils at Westbourne School and of course has provided a substantial donation to St Luke's Hospice which will go a long way in ensuring the charity is able to continue to provide such a valuable service to Sheffield residents.

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