Entrepreneurs participate in Dragon’s Den fundraiser

Ali Hynd, Parent Teacher Council member, Longside Primary pupils and Stuart Cowie from Cowie Seafoods
Ali Hynd, Parent Teacher Council member, Longside Primary pupils and Stuart Cowie from Cowie Seafoods

Local entrepreneurs and businesses have helped Longside School raise £2,600 at a Dragon’s Den inspired fundraising event.

The school welcomed five North-east Dragons as part of the school’s fundraiser inspired by the popular TV show, to help raise funds for resources and equipment to enhance the school’s activities.

The dragons: Scott Buchan of JBS Group, Sam Begg of ASCO, Charlie Clark of LJF Coating Ltd, Wendy Marr of Genesis Personnel and Stuart Cowie of Cowie Seafoods

The dragons: Scott Buchan of JBS Group, Sam Begg of ASCO, Charlie Clark of LJF Coating Ltd, Wendy Marr of Genesis Personnel and Stuart Cowie of Cowie Seafoods

During the event, the brave pupils pitched their ideas to the dragons, in the hope of securing funding for their proposed equipment.

All classes took part pitching one idea per class, and secured a total of £2,600, surpassing their orginal target of £750.

The dragons were Wendy Marr from Genesis Personnel, Charlie Clark from LJF Coating Ltd, Stuart Cowie from Cowie Seafoods, Scott Buchan from JBS Group and Sam Begg from ASCO.

The children successfully raised money for a number of items for the school including painting easels, lego, Wii games, construction toys and a gym box.

Further funds were also donated by Claymore Homes, Alan Davidson, Longside Driving School and AM Davidson Bookmakers.

Wendy Marr, managing director of Genesis Personnel, said: “It was a pleasure being asked along to the primary school to take part in the Dragon’s Den fundraiser and help the school raise the funds required to further enhance its activities.

“Some really good ideas were produced by the pupils, and as you can imagine, the children made it very difficult for us dragons to say no!

“A fantastic amount was raised on the day which I’m sure will be put to good use.”

Ali Hynd, a member of the Parent Teacher Council and the organiser behind the fundraiser, said: “We wanted to do something a little different to raise funds this year and thought the Dragon’s Den concept would be a great idea to get some of the regions entrepreneurs involved. The pupils were originally aiming for a contribution of £750, so they did extremely well to achieve more from the dragons as well as other local businesses.

“The event has also been a great way to help teach the kids the value of money, as well as develop their presentation skills, and I’d like to thank those who took part, contributed or helped organise it.

“The kids had a lot of fun on the day and are very grateful for the help - they can’t wait to receive their goods.”

School head teacher John Imlah added: “This was a great learning experience for the children who had to collaborate to devise a compelling pitch for their bid.

“It has also helped promote links with local business and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the sponsors.”