Charity Fundraising

The student-chaired Charities Committee meets twice a term and discusses new fundraising ideas, which charities to support and publicity material for Assemblies, Twitter and poster campaigns. House-run Charity Committees are now starting to emerge, run on the same model.

The School’s support for Shrewsbury House (known as 'the Shewsy') Youth Club in Everton, Liverpool, founded in 1903 by a master at the School, has remained paramount. 60 Lower Sixth students visit the Shewsy each year, for three days at a time and see for themselves the impact the Shewsy has on the surrounding community, in between passionate games of football and pool. There is a group of Shewsy Ambassadors, responsible for organising and hosting the Youth Club’s visits to the School. Every five years there is a whole school sponsored walk, which in 2016 raised £100,000.

The School also supports the work of Medic Malawi, which runs a hospital and orphanage in Africa. Students are also able to visit the work of Medic Malawi every two years, to witness the work of this small, dynamic charity in one of the seven poorest countries in the world. In the last four years, Shrewsbury has raised almost £40,000 which has built a much-needed eye clinic at the hospital, and the visiting students muck in at the orphanage, school and chicken farm.

There is a huge groundswell of support for charity fund-raising amongst the staff, pupils, parents and Old Salopians, and rarely a week goes by without some event springing up. Short reports and photos of these are posted regularly on our Recent Charity News pages below.

    Recent Charity News

    2017

    Friday 24 February 2017

    • Sponsored Walk total reaches £100,000
      Having originally set ourselves an ambitious target of raising £70,000 from our Whole School Sponsored Walk for our youth club in Everton, Shrewsbury House ('the Shewsy'), we were thrilled when we were able to announce in October that the total had reached £80,000. Now, thanks to the fantastic support of the School Governors, that figure has grown to a magnificent final total of £100,000.

      This is double the amount raised by the last Sponsored Walk in 2011.

      "Club members and staff have been completely overwhelmed by the amount raised," said Dave Brereton, Senior Youth Worker at the Shewsy. "This funding is a lifeline for the young people of Everton. It has given all of us at the club a massive boost to morale and to what we are able to plan for the immediate future. Thank you!”

       

      For more about the Sponsored Walk itself, please see: our report Sponsored Walk for the Shewsy; a selection of some of the stunning photos taken by staff and pupils: Sponsored Walk Photo Gallery; and a wonderful video that captures the atmosphere of the day: Sponsored Walk Timelapse Video.

    Thursday 26 January 2017

    • Sponsored Walk - view from a glider
      Back in the warm days of September, one of our pupils piloted a glider and filmed (with a head cam) walkers trudging up the Long Mynd in the early part of the Whole School Sponsored Walk.

      Tom Brennan (LVI I) gained his pilot's wings via his membership of the CCF (RAF) section and flew a glider kindly loaned by the Midland Gliding School.

      This short clip was taken as he flew southwards along the Long Mynd escarpment at less than 80 feet in places. Tom then landed and journeyed on to complete the walk on foot. He had certainly earned his ice cream at the end!

      Please click on the image below to view the film on the Shrewsbury School TV YouTube channel:

    Friday 6 January 2017

    • The spirit of giving
      Over the Christmas period, the PE and Marketing Departments made good use of the chance for a clear-out of their store rooms and donated surplus kit to a number of different charities. Salopian Ventures also donated money raised from the sale of Shrewsbury School merchandise to a local Christmas charity appeal. And donations of surplus football kit are still being gathered in for donation to The Shewsy and to KitAid in Africa.

      Adam Shantry has just taken over as Cricket Professional at Shrewsbury from Paul Pridgeon: “One of my first tasks was to tackle the store room, which was straining under the pressure of vast amounts of assorted kit! Some of the kit had been replaced and was subsequently redundant, so rather than disposing of it, I got in touch with a friend who worked for the Crossbar Foundation. They do extremely valuable work across Shropshire with all manner of underprivileged children, and the kit will put a smile on many young faces.”

      “Elsewhere in the PE Department, Head of Football Steve Wilderspin has discovered some football kits that were chosen by his predecessor, ex-Shrewsbury Town Legend Steve Biggins,” said Giles Bell, Shrewsbury School Admissions Tutor, Teacher of Philosophy and Theology and author of the regular ‘Team of the Week’ column for the weekly eNewsletter.  “He feels it is time for them to be replaced and is donating them to the Restart Orphanage in Kenya (of which I am proud to be a Trustee).”

      The PE Department has also donated some surplus Kukri clothing to the newly arrived Syrian families in Shropshire. The county has currently welcomed 13 families from the refugee camps in Lebanon and all of them are in need of clothing and help in settling into their new communities.

      The Marketing Department recently donated surplus T-shirts from marketing events to the Beyond Charitable Appeal, a charity based at RAF Shawbury who deliver sports clothing to communities in Africa.

      Colm Kealy, who runs Salopian Ventures, responded to a Christmas Gift Appeal organised by the Shropshire Star and Storage King by donating £500 raised from the sale of Shrewsbury School merchandise. The money was used to buy gifts to share out between children suffering from illnesses or from difficult backgrounds, as well as vulnerable and elderly people.

      Meanwhile Charities Coordinator Lesley Drew has arranged for all redundant Kukri kit from the School Shop and lost property from the PE Department to be donated to KitAid, who will distribute among schools and clubs in Africa. It will go to The Shewsy in Liverpool first, who will take any of the kit they can use, before donating the rest to the Liverpool KitAid collection point at the Everton FC ground.

      KitAid also send out boots, trophies and spare Match Attax cards, which are useful to give to children who may not receive a shirt.

      If anyone has any Kukri sportswear or Club football shirts and shorts that are in good condition and could be re-used, and if you are able to get them to Andy Barnard in Port Hill by lunchtime on Saturday 14th January, they would be very gratefully received.

    Sunday 1 January 2017

    • News will be published here shortly for 2017
      In the meantime, please follow the link (above right) to our 2016 news.