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Chamber patron joins forces to help build school

Four Leicestershire-based businesses, including Chamber patron Blueprint Interiors and a primary school, are combining resources to raise £29,000 to help build a school as part of global initiative called “buildOn” which has so far constructed 1,300 schools in some of the most economically poorest countries on the planet.

The Leicester-based initiative is being spearheaded by Stacey Dean and Kerry Goodacre from ClubsComplete who have garnered support from businesses including Jas Darar from Chamber member Reach Business Coaching and Charlotte Barnett from workplace consultants and interior fit-out specialists Blueprint Interiors.

Each company has pledged to raise the £29,000 between them and their clients and to then travel to a developing country to help build the school later in Winter 2020/Spring 2021. Children from Moira Primary School have also pledged to raise £1,000 during this academic year.

Charlotte Barnett, Business Development Manager at Blueprint Interiors, said: “We hope that by becoming a partner in a buildOn project to help build a school in a developing country we can empower villages to be able to bring educational opportunities to their young people. Having worked with some inspirational education providers in the past we have seen first-hand how the experiences of students can be positively transformed with the support of commercial partnerships.”

Jas Darar added: “Both my parents were born in India and in 2000 I visited for the first and only time. I was struck by the abject poverty and lack of opportunities people had. I was also humbled by just how much we had in our country that we took for granted.”

There is an opportunity for one more business to get involved in the project and ClubsComplete is also using its connections with schools to encourage them to arrange their own fundraising events.


Caption (L-R) - Mary Keeling & Charlotte Barnett from Blueprint Interiors with Leah Moore, Amelia Gillespie and Stacey Dean from Primary PPA Cover