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23 Jul 2021 Community

Four Heckmondwike Grammar school pupils win nationwide competition to raise money for The Kirkwood

Pupils from local school, Heckmondwike Grammar have won a nationwide design competition and proceeds from the sale of their product will be donated to The Kirkwood.

Four students from Heckmondwike Grammar have won a nationwide design competition. Their product will now be sold in the Design Museum with proceeds going to The Kirkwood.

Year 9 pupils Emily Sharpe, Hannah Rouse, Naomi Fisayo and Alice Cheesbrough entered the Design Ventura enterprise competition. The competition is run in schools in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s global youth engagement programme, Born to Be. The brief from Design Ventura was wide, the children we asked to make a product that can improve everyday life. The product needed to be accessible and sustainable and cost no more than £5 to make.

The pupils created a flower seed canon to help tackle bee decline. Having competed against 15,000 students from 270 schools Heckmondwike Grammarwere shortlisted with just seven other teams picked to go to the final in London in June. Their product named Sow Beautiful will be sold in the Autumn in the Design Museum shop for £10 and the girls have nominated The Kirkwood to receive the proceeds.

One of the students, Hannah, and her family are supporters of The Kirkwood. Hannah's grandfather Jack, who was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, was cared for by The Kirkwood Community Palliative Care Team. This enabled Jack to die in the comfort of his own home.

Heckmondwike Grammar school teacher, Mr Stevens was proud of the pupils' efforts and says they have represented the school suberbly. He said: "Everyone is so proud of the girls. They have done a magnificent job and represented the school superbly especially when being thrown into the media spotlight. Being live on a radio show on the BBC etc was nerve-wracking for them but they were great.

"The product they've made is very clever and it's great for the environment. It is something they can look back on with immense pride.

"When I asked them which charity they wanted to donate the money to if they won. They went away and came back the next day and said The Kirkwood.

"The Kirkwood are unbelievable in what they do for the community in Kirklees. I have seen first hand their work when my grandmother died, they spoke to my mum about it and helped her through a difficult moment.

"Some of the girls families have also been involved with The Kirkwood too. It's just a brilliant and much needed charity."

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