Enterprising pupils launch kids book – with donation to us!

A team of budding entrepreneurs from Christleton High School in Chester have launched an educational children’s book with a nod to our charity for a UK-wide competition.

As part of the nationally recognised Young Enterprise scheme, twenty Year 12 pupils from the Chester school formed the student company ‘memoreads’ with the hope of creating a unique offering for families.

The group, comprising of 16 and 17-year-olds, came up with the novel idea for the programme of creating a series of fun and educational storybooks for children aged 4 years old and upwards to help them begin to learn a new language whilst reading with their family.

Managing director of memoreads 16-year-old Tom Wyatt comments: “When our teacher suggested doing this alongside our Business Studies A Level we all really wanted to do it as it offers a great real-life experience of working in business.”

Tom, from Vicars Cross, adds: “It has definitely been challenging balancing the time the project has needed alongside our A Level work; making sure that we met all deadlines and made decisions in a timely manner. However, we’re all very proud of our finished product and this experience has even encouraged me to become an entrepreneur!”

The first ‘Monty’s Travels’ book has launched this week and features illustrations by another Christleton High pupil, 14-year-old Sarah Efobi, who now wants to do art or graphic design as her future career. The book is available to buy from www.memoreads.org.uk costing £4.99 & P&P with 10% of all profits also being donated to our charity!

16-year-old Joe Bramall, Head of Communications for memoreads, adds: “As a Chester-based charity that helps children with disabilities achieve their potential, we felt Children Today were the perfect charity for us to partner with. One of our key objectives with memoreads is to help children get the best out of their lives and by donating a percentage of our profits to the charity we feel we can show our support for such an amazing cause.”

The young team will now compete against the other Chester and Cheshire West schools before being put forward for the regional final and then hopefully booking a place at the national final.

Young Enterprise’s Company Programme is aimed at 15 to 19 year olds nationwide, and enables them to set up and run businesses for an academic year, guided by local mentors. Good luck to the memoreads team in the next stage!