Contest cash will help the homeless

Russell Wareing, head of business & economics at LRGS, Jake Guria-Garnett, Jo Marriott, Matt Varley, Ben Cannon and Luke Gannon, and Luke Gladwell, mentor on the EY School Leaver Programme.
Russell Wareing, head of business & economics at LRGS, Jake Guria-Garnett, Jo Marriott, Matt Varley, Ben Cannon and Luke Gannon, and Luke Gladwell, mentor on the EY School Leaver Programme.
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A team of Sixth Form students at Lancaster Royal Grammar School have scooped first place in the Ernst & Young Arcade National Enterprise Competition, winning £5,000 to support the Christ Church Homeless Shelter.

Ben Cannon, Luke Gannon, Jake Guria-Garnett, Jo Marriott and Matt Varley, who are all Year 12 business & economics students, successfully pitched their business plan at the final in London, beating four other teams of finalists.

The money will be used to buy 100 sleeping mats, a washer dryer, some bio hazard kits and some folding tables. It is also hoped some of the money will be invested in raising further funds for the shelter to secure its long term future and extend its operating times.

Head of business and economics at LRGS, Russell Wareing, said: “The school came in the top five nationally in the first stage so we qualified for an EY Bootcamp.

“This involved representatives from EY helping our pupils assess their strengths and weaknesses in terms of employability skills.

“The next stage was the National Final in London. The team produced a business plan in support of their chosen community project and delivered a 10 minute pitch to a selection panel.

“The whole competition was a credit to EY and we are very pleased to be helping the local homeless shelter.”