Andrea’s grand charity designs

Andrea Redman
Andrea Redman

A Calderdale social enterprise has reached a fundraising milestone of £100,000 with its innovative art projects.

Fat-Chilli, based in Elland, was set-up in 2008 to support fundraising efforts by co-ordinating the production of cards and gifts based on children’s designs.

It passed the milestone with a special competition to mark the first birthday of Prince George of Cambridge.

For the special project, 26 schools and nurseries across the UK signed up to design a birthday card to commemorate the occasion.

Between 10 and 25 per cent of the total sale price goes towards the fundraising with schools and nurseries choosing how they use the money.

Funds raised over the years have been used to support a variety of projects such as playground developments, computer or book purchases for the schools and nurseries. Donations have been made to charities from the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Comic Relief.

Fat-Chilli founder Andrea Redman said: “Whether the money raised by schools goes to supporting their learning or to charity, we are delighted our social enterprise efforts are having a huge impact across the country.

“When I formed Fat-Chilli six years ago, I wanted to help schools and nurseries, where time is always in short supply, run art projects that allowed them to turn children’s artwork into professionally produced products that could be sold to family, friends and the community and raise money for good causes at the same time.”