How this Clitheroe school's charity bid is rivalling Lord Alan Sugar's TV sensation The Apprentice

Pupils at St James School, Clitheroe, are staging a junior version of The Apprentice with Lee Roe, Ribble FM station manager.
Pupils at St James School, Clitheroe, are staging a junior version of The Apprentice with Lee Roe, Ribble FM station manager.
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Kind-hearted children from St James’ School, Clitheroe, raised hundreds of pounds for charity when they staged a junior version of The Apprentice.

And Ribble FM Station manager Lee Roe was so impressed with their dedication, he transmitted the best business idea on the radio.


Their teacher Susanne Lucas, a huge fan of the hit BBC series starring business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar, said: “Like the real Apprentice, the children were given a product to make, design and market, so it was a big challenge.


“I was extremely proud of them, they all worked so hard, showing perseverance and resilience, even when things got tough.


“They were all determined to succeed and raise as much money as they could, with a little bit of competitiveness as they all wanted to win.”


The Golden Oak team, who produced decorated plant pots, were the winners of the Ribble FM best Junior Apprentice radio advert.


And youngsters from the Lightning Bolt team, who created handmade jewellery, were crowned overall champions.


The children chose to donate the money raised, £338.38, to Cancer Research.


Susanne, who teaches the Rowan Class at St James’, added: “Lee was brilliant with the children and they loved being recorded and learnt a great deal about how advertising works.”


Ribble FM Station manager Lee Roe said: “All the children came up with marvellous ideas to sell, coloured sand bottles, jewellery and toffees.


“And the parents used real money to buy the children’s products at The Apprentice Final.


“They are all a great credit to their school and their families.”


“And the parents used real money to buy the children’s products at The Apprentice Final.


“They are all a great credit to their school and their families.”