Shrewsbury School

Thirty thousand pounds to give away…

Friday 21 June 2013

... to the School's nominated charities. The School's pupil-led Charities Committee looks back on a very successful year of fundraising and announces some exciting plans for 2013/14.

With three more events to go before the end of term – the Shrewsbury Marathon on Sunday 23rd June, the Sounds of Summer Pop Concert next Wednesday and the Hot Air Balloon Raffle on Speech Day – the School has already raised a total of £30,000 for charities this year, and 14 charities have benefitted.

The first whole school Charity Day last term was a great success; the Medic Malawi Ball was the biggest money-spinner, bringing in £6,000; and there have been innovations such as hot chocolate on the touchline and free-range eggs in the Common Room. The student-run Sixth Form Fashion Show meant that the Teenage Cancer Trust received £3,700 in total from us, and we have been able to support The Sanata Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, Headway and Hope House Children’s Hospices – the last with a generous donation from the budding Apprentices in Salopian Ventures. The Blue Chairs were the stars of their own calendar, as ever, and raised a hefty sum towards the Alex Wilson Scholarship Fund, in memory of a former pupil.

Quod Fashion Show cheque presentation

L-R: Tom Lloyd, Ed Shawe-Taylor, Christie Knight, Sam Morris,
Adam Johnson (from the Teenage Cancer Trust), Cressida Adams

After a keenly-fought election hustings meeting, Artem Arzumanyan has been elected as next year’s Chair of the Charities Committee, with Charlie Gillow as Vice-Chair.

During the next academic year, pupils will have opportunities to visit the School’s two main charities, The Shewsy, our Youth Club in Everton, and the Medic Malawi project, supporting a hospital and orphanage in Malawi.  There will also be a chance to apply to be a ‘Shewsy Ambassador’, part of a small team who will collect ideas, plan and host visits. Both these charities rely on teams of volunteers and the money we raise goes directly to fund their work.

The Committee has selected charities for next year, based on the principles of ‘small is beautiful’.  They are: The Michael Palin Centre for Children (for children with speech impediments); The Berry Trust (a school in Kenya); YoungMinds (improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people); The Ark (helping the homeless in Shrewsbury) as well as The Shewsy (our youth club in Liverpool) and Medic Malawi (an orphanage and hospital in Malawi).

Raising this wonderful sum has been the result of a good deal of time, enthusiasm, patience and ingenuity from so many in the Shrewsbury community. The Charities Committee may be the engine-house, but it’s good to have so many cogs and wheels in the machine!

Thanks to everyone for your contributions – financial and otherwise.

Lesley Drew

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