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Young pupils rise to the challenge

Building society marketing manager Zoe Fisher with winner Natasha Sharpe

Pupils at Beverley’s Molescroft Primary School have been taking part in Beverley Building Society’s Red Box Challenge. Based on the paperclip challenge, where a Canadian blogger bartered his way from a single paperclip to owning a property in just fourteen trades, the pupils took the Society’s red money boxes home to swap for different items with friends and family.

The traded items were then donated to the society, which included a giant glass fish, FA referee badges, toys, books, a vinyl record, vouchers for local businesses, a wine rack and many more interesting items. These will be used to raise funds for the Beverley Building Society’s charity partner, Action Duchenne.

Lesley Wegg, Head of Operations at Beverley Building Society said: “We have been very impressed with the effort the pupils put in, they’ve been very busy and we are delighted with the number of items we can use to benefit Action Duchenne. We had a winner in each year group and Natasha Sharpe from Year 4 is the overall school winner. Natasha traded her money box for a Matilda The Musical bag, which was then swapped that for a cook book, traded for a Red Arrows toiletry bag. Natasha was also very creative and documented each trade with a series of photographs.”

Zoe Fisher, Marketing Manager, commented: “We aim to encourage young people to understand personal finances as early as possible by demonstrating the benefits of saving and being responsible with money. The Red Box Challenge is a fun way to help pupils start thinking about their financial future as well as gain valuable skills for negotiation, trading and of course raise vital funds for charity.”

“We have very much strengthened our relationship with Molescroft Primary School, we recently sponsored their International evening and look forward to working with them on other initiatives as part of our efforts to support the community.”

The Society will host a garden party on 27th June to celebrate the final part of their 150th Anniversary celebrations. Natasha and her family have been invited as special guests and will be commended during the proceedings which will involve the burial of a time capsule.

The Society is approaching the end of its 150th Anniversary Year. Having celebrated with variety of events and charity fundraising activities in aid of Action Duchenne, a charity researching a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life limiting condition. The current total raised exceeds £26,000. Lesley Wegg’s son, Ashley has the condition and works closely with the charity.