Lauderdale House gets fundraising boost from teen entrepreneur’s Highgate postcards
A 14-year-old budding entrepreneur has used the school holidays to launch his first business fundraising for a historic house in desperate need of restoration.
Highgate schoolboy Roch Briscoe built his own website to sell hand-made postcards depicting iconic village scenes, including a sunset view over the City and a spectacular pink blossom tree in Waterlow Park.
All profits from his N6 Cards venture will go to Lauderdale Transformed - the £2.1million project to renovate Lauderdale House, off Highgate Hill.
He came up with the idea while stuck for things to do during his summer holiday.
Roch, a pupil at Highgate School, said: “Lauderdale House is a great place with lots of memories. It’s always been part of my life.
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“I’ve enjoyed it, so it would be good if it was enjoyed by lots of people and not just left to die.”
He added: “I’m very interested in technology and programming, and thought building a website would be a good place to start.”
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The teenager, of Highgate Village, started up his business by taking a series of photographs around the village on a digital camera.
He then got the snaps printed professionally and created a website, which went live two weeks ago.
The postcards are on sale in packs of 10 for £5 online and in several of the village’s shops, including Brooksby Newsagents and Walter Castellazzo Design (WCD).
So far, he has sold above 100 cards.
If the business is successful, Roch hopes to expand by making NW3 and N10 postcards of Hampstead and Muswell Hill.
Katherine Ives, director of Lauderdale House, said: “We’re really impressed by Roch’s initiative and also very touched that he’s chosen us.
“Lauderdale House is a unique place which is all about offering creative and educational opportunities, so it’s very fitting that Roch is testing his entrepreneurial skills in such an inventive way.
“It’s also a really special way of ensuring more people find out about what we’re trying to do - all the more important at this point as we have just six months to raise the balance of £328,457, to allow us to go ahead and transform the house.”
N6 Cards has its official launch next week. Cards are on sale at n6cards.com.