Newham schoolchildren help elderly residents through Mayor of London Dragon’s Den-style pitch

PUBLISHED: 15:04 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 11 December 2017

Young entrepeneurs from Little Ilford School demonstrate their campaign, A paw for a hand

Young entrepeneurs from Little Ilford School demonstrate their campaign, A paw for a hand

Little Ilford School

Newham pupils won over hearts and minds after successfully pitching community projects in a Dragons’ Den-style contest.

Primary-age children from Vicarage Lane Primary School in East Ham, plus Manor Park’s Little Ilford School and Sheringham Primary School all won funding for their ideas in the finals of the City Pitch project.

Held annually at City Hall, the charity programme sees dozens of London primary and secondary schools aiming to secure up to £1,500 to launch and help run their goodwill project.

Children from Little Ilford School received £1,500 to prevent loneliness amongst elderly people by encouraging animal shelters to pair up their pets with older residents in care homes.

Sheringham Primary School also won £1,500 for their Go Girls campaign promoting gender equality, plus a further £1,500 from Be Open for a project of their choice.

Meanwhile, Vicarage Lane Primary School pupils who pitched a ‘NObesity’ campaign to promote healthy lifestyles involving fun fit days and dance sessions secured £500.

Little Ilford School teacher Cait Chamberlain said: “The team gained confidence and presentation skills, and have become a coherent group of teenagers who can put their ideas into action.

“The next step will be even more rewarding when we see the project come into fruition by introducing the elderly to rescue animals.”

City Pitch is run by the Mayor’s Fund for London in partnership with Elena Baturina’s BE OPEN foundation.

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