Nicole Wallace, 12, from Dunsden, led a team of year 7 girls from the Abbey School in Reading
Nicole Wallace, 12, from Dunsden, led a team of year 7 girls from the Abbey School in Reading that raised the most money in a charity entrepreneurs competition. Each team was given start-up capital of £5 and had to add to that sum as much as they could in four weeks. Nicole’s team raised £761 by selling cakes outside Henley post office and in school as well as selling cards, gift tags, soaps and necklaces at the school’s Christmas fair. Overall the school raised £2,500, which is being match-funded up to £5,000, in aid of the Microloan Foundation, which offers “hope, not handouts” to help some of the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa to set up small businesses and help their families out of poverty. The winning team were, left to right, Nicole Wallace, Leila Lister, Lekha Senthil, Isabel Rogers and Maria Zaiceva, all 11.