A mountain of donations and a magnificent £12,000 in cash has been raised for 12 different charities. And the Carol Service collections in aid of Crisis at Christmas (who provide Christmas meals and advice for homeless people in 12 locations in the UK) and the Shrewsbury Food Hub (re-distributing unwanted food to those who need it) are still to come.
In a thank you message sent to all pupils and staff at the end of term, Charities Co-Ordinator Lesley Drew listed some of the recent fundraising initiatives that have taken place across the School community:
Pupils, staff and staff children
At the Staff Children's Carol Service, donations of food were made to Food Bank Plus, which helps people who are struggling to make ends meet in Shrewsbury.
In response to an appeal from Clair Evans, a member of the Shrewsbury School catering staff, asking for donations for elderly people in hospital and care homes who will be on their own at Christmas, a mountain of gifts was collected.
Inter-house Charity Table Tennis Competition in aid of Young Minds, a charity that supports teenagers with mental health problems. Heats are underway and the final is next term.
Mary Sidney Hall
Christmas cards sold out, in aid of Action Aid, which works with the world's poorest women and children, providing health and education.
£200 raised through a beard shave by Housemaster Mr Johnson to buy gifts for the KH collection for the elderly who are alone at Christmas.
Spent all their 'Secret Santa' cash at local charity shops. At least £400 will be shared out.
Emma Darwin Hall
Decided not to have Christmas crackers this year so that they could use the money and profits from their own-design Christmas cards to buy slipper socks and fleece blankets for the KH collection for the elderly.
Commendation prizes this term awarded to the Third Form resulted in £370 raised for charity. They will vote next term to choose which charities will benefit from this year's money.
The St Cecilia Concerts broke all records this term, inspiring the audience to donate £1000 to share between Medic Malawi and the Shewsy.
£360 was donated after the Christmas Charity Concert to Make a Wish, which provides treats for poorly children.
Actors and Stage Crew
£150 was collected for the Shewsy after performances of Under Milk Wood.
Shrewsbury School Parents' Association and Global Social Leaders
The Christmas Fair organised by the SSPA with Barnabas Community Projects Foodbank Plus and the Global Social Leaders group of Lower Sixth Formers raised a magnificent £2,500 for Foodbank Plus - see report and photos.
Throughout the term, the Charity House Reps have been busy behind the scenes, collecting, counting, taking and distributing Hoodie orders, and planning future events. Thank you!