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Kärcher Accumulator Challenge – Employer lead project

This week, the Kärcher Accumulator Challenge (with Katharine House Hospice) was launched across all 3 Activate Learning colleges for Level 3 Business students.

A representative from Kärcher and Katharine House Hospice visited each of the colleges to introduce the challenge. Jenny Storey, form Kärcher, inspired the students by explaining the history of the Kärcher family business and how one small idea is now a worldwide business. This talk was then followed by Jessica Hill, from Katharine House Hospice, who explained details of the challenge: Each group is given £50, donated by Kärcher, for the students to use their entrepreneurial skills to raise as much money as possible, using the £50, to help fund Katharine House.

Jessica explained that Katharine House is funded partially by the government, but they have to raise £2.4m a year to sustain the support they offer to families and individuals. This means they rely heavily on fundraising and are always looking for new and innovative ways of raising money.

The students have until the last day of the term, December 15, to raise as much money as possible. Schools, colleges, community groups and businesses all take part in the challenge. Kärcher and Katharine House will then present awards to each category for; most money raised, most creative and record breaker - this is currently held by Kineton High School raising £2450.96 in 2015. Last year, Banbury and Bicester College were named the Overall Kärcher Accumulator Challenge Winner, rising over £1000.

Pete Reynolds, Director of Career Pathways for Business and A-Levels said: “The Karcher Accumulator Challenge brings learning to life for our business students. They work on real entrepreneurial projects which practice all aspects of business they learn about in their studies. They also raise a significant amount of money for Katharine House Hospice and learn about the important work of the Hospice as part of the project “