Community links are a piece of cake for Bourne Leisure’s Hemel Hempstead team

Staff at one of Hemel Hempstead’s biggest employers were able to tuck in to a tasty treat on Friday as they supported a borough-wide schools enterprise challenge.

Haven Holidays parent compny Bourne Leisure, which has its HQ in the town centre, is one of the businesses backing the Dacorum Dragons Apprentice scheme.

Longdean Lions enterprise team bake sale at Bourne Leisure

Longdean Lions enterprise team bake sale at Bourne Leisure

The firm’s Sean Power has been providing guidance and mentoring for an all-girl team from the town’s Longdean School which has been charged with turning £100 into £1,000 for a local good cause.

One of their fundraising projects was a successful cake sale and raffle at the firm’s 1 Park Lane base – just around the corner from the offices of the Dacorum Community Trust, which will benefit from all their hard work.

Both former banker Keith Foster from the Trust and the team at Bourne Leisure are big fans of the apprentice scheme, which not only provides teenagers with a very practical challenge but also gives firms with a community commitment the chance to establish links with secondary schools and local not for profit groups.

And members of the Longdean Lions team confirm that they’ve learned a huge amount about planning and teamwork and seen their confidence blossom during the course of the project.

The school teams working towards their £1,000 target will be making a formal presentation about their project, and what they’ve learned, at a final awards evening in March.

The expanding apprentice scheme, which ran for the first time last year, is organised by Connect Dacorum, the link organisation which fosters a wide range of projects to involve Dacorum’s business sector with the wider community.