Date: 25th Jan 2016
The Centre, in Wharf Road, Wendover, raised £1,230 in 35 days in 'Fruity-Call', a project to pay for equipment and packaging to recycle unsold fruit from Budgens of Wendover, in High Street, Wendover, into nutritious, sweet alternative, dried fruit pieces.
The University and The Clare Foundation, a charitable organisation based in Saunderton, near Princes Risborough, matched the funding up to £1,000 to pay for a fruit dehydrator, food handling training and packaging materials.
Professor Tim Middleton, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Research and Enterprise at Bucks New University, said the project was an example of the entrepreneurial and enterprising opportunities also offered to students at the University.
Prof Middleton said: "We are pleased to support Wendover Youth Centre. Social enterprise is something that students are passionate about and learning about new ways of supporting enterprising activity through crowdfunding and other sources of finance are part of the entrepreneurial skill-set our courses help to develop."
Becky Murgatroyd, Senior Youth Leader at Wendover Youth Centre, part of Wendover Youth Forum, said: "This could be one of the most influential projects we have taken part in.
"We are working with Budgens to take fruit they can no longer sell and turn it in to fruity bites to sell at youth clubs, schools and possibly in store for them.
"As part of our campaign we produced a video, set up our crowdfunding page, and also received some large donations from local business and charities."
Becky and Martha Barnes of Wendover Youth Forum were joined by Joel Hughes, who coordinates Business Development and Partnerships for Crowdfunder.co.uk, to collect the cheque from Martin Thornton of The Clare Foundation and Prof Middleton.
Mr Thornton helped Wendover Youth Centre run the crowdfunding campaign. He added: "We welcome any other organisations taking part. If you would like us to help you realise your crowdfunding dreams or just want to know how to take part in round two of the competition, as there are still nine cheques of £1,000 to be awarded, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Picture caption (L-R): Prof Tim Middleton, Joel Hughes of Crowdfunder.co.uk, Becky Murgatroyd and Martha Barnes of Wendover Youth Forum, and Martin Thornton of The Clare Foundation.