Donation from Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation to help boost Rice Lane Primary School’s facilities

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was on hand to deliver a donation to a local primary school to help them transform a waste land into an outdoor learning facility.

The former Reds star, from Bootle, delivered a £798 cheque to Rice Lane Primary School, in Walton, after his official charity, the 23 Foundation, agreed to lend their support.

Staff at the school want to carry out a wide-scale refurbishment of an piece of land within the school grounds which has been used as a “dumping ground” and turn it into a space for children.

A spokesperson for the school said: “At our school, we have an outdoor quad area that is currently going to waste. It is used as a dumping ground and we felt that this could be a valuable space for reading, mindfulness and some outdoor learning opportunities.

“We set up an Enterprise Team to start raising money to go towards revamping this area. We put on some movie nights and charged children after school, made a few competitions in school and we put on a staff race night.

“We have recently put on an Enterprise Extravaganza. Each class had £10 start up money and had to make a profit. The children designed their advertising and stall and came up with their own money making idea.

“I heard about the 23 Foundation and got in touch. After numerous discussions, the foundation offered some match funding and to reach out to companies and businesses they have links with to try to further support us.

“We would like to thank Jamie, Les Wright and everybody else at the 23 Foundation for their huge support and ideas so far and hope that this is a lasting relationship for us.

“It isn’t always easy to raise money as we have so much going on in our school, so the support is valued and we know that revamping this area would not have been possible without their generosity.”

As well as the donation, the 23 Foundation also offered the class who raised the most money a trip to Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools for some football training.”

The Future for Business is Digital following Hugh Baird College Event!

Future for Business is Digital

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms.

 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

Speakers included Jo Wright, Executive Director of FACT, Digital Technologist Adrian McEwen, Andy Kent, CEO of Angel Solutions and Yana Williams, Principal of Hugh Baird College.

The Forum saw the return of the Sefton Growth Hub Business Marketplace, which provided the opportunity for attendees to browse and discuss the business support available from 21 providers across the Liverpool City Region.

The Sefton Economic Forum was chaired by Brendan Nel, a Sefton resident and Managing Director of Gemstone Software Ltd, who specialise in digital solutions for business.

Brendan said: “Digital technologies impact on all areas of business, and have an application for every type of business and sector.  We have a wealth of young talent coming through, and the Sefton Growth Hub can help you to plan your business digital strategy, and tap into support to take it forward.”

Kristina Swift, Sefton Business Growth Hub Business Development Manager, added: “We have had great feedback on the Forum, with businesses keen to try out the free online tools immediately.  The marketplace is a regular feature of the Forum, which is a key event in the Sefton business calendar.”

For more information on the support available to Sefton businesses, visit investsefton.com