What a Good Idea!
School PTA's are always looking for new ways of raising money for their schools and in the autumn of 1994 Malvern Wells Primary School in Worcestershire was no exception. Gill Gwilliam, a member of the Parents Teachers Association, came up with a new idea working in conjunction with a local coaster manufacturer.
The idea she presented to the committee for the schools autumn fundraising program was that each child could produce a picture, which Gill would have manufactured as a coaster. The children's parents would then be invited to buy their own child's coaster and order more if they wished. Every sale would make a profit for the PTA.
The pictures were drawn, coasters were made and the parents, who were delighted with the results, ordered lots more of their child's coasters to give as presents. The 100 pupil school, made well in excess of £300 profit. Seeing the potential of the idea as a fundraiser for other PTA's Gill gave up her teaching career to concentrate on developing the concept further and so FunMats was born!
Today FunMats is the schools fundraising arm of UK Coasters Ltd., which also has a commercial division. It has 14 years experience and expertise to call on and Gill retains overall control of FunMats production as Operations Director. There are now a number of project ideas to choose from with full range products available from each child's picture.