Students get shirty to help Hospice

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A team of youngsters are getting shirty to help Willen Hospice as part of the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

The company “Jeffree”, formed by 13 pupils as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, beat 16 other teams from schools across the city to reach the county rounds of Young Enterprise 2011.

Part of the company’s project involved working with Willen Hospice to design the 30th anniversary celebration T-shirt that will be sold to raise essential funds.

Jeffree, the name of the character that appears on all the team’s designs, already boasts ‘his’ own following. The team had already raised significant funds by marketing their own designs on a variety of printed products, such as Christmas cards, framed pictures, posters, bags and key rings, as well as producing customised designs for items such as postcards and invitations.

The new design, created especially for Willen Hospice, will be available on T-shirts at all Willen Hospice local shops and cost £10.

David Vann, the Jeffree team artist said: “The team are very proud to work with Willen Hospice and are grateful for the opportunity we have been given to promote our product. We hope people in the community will like our T-shirt and purchase it to raise money for Willen Hospice and also help our company succeed.”

Each year, business volunteers inspire more than 250,000 young people aged four to 25 years. With the support of more than 3,500 businesses and over 5,000 schools, colleges, universities and local communities, Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise education charity.

Paul Hinson, Willen Hospice chief executive, said: “Young Enterprise is a fantastic education charity that we really admire. The students who participate will have a better understanding of entrepreneurship and business and their great work should be recognised. This is why we felt it fair to choose them to design our 30th anniversary T-shirt as these skilful designs should not be taken for granted.

“I am personally delighted that their hard efforts have been recognised by winning the Milton Keynes Young Enterprise competition and I wish them all the very best in their future careers.”

For more information on Jeffree go to or see their website for further details.