Deis and Bloomsbury: House Charity Week Raises £2,500


While the last week of January is often associated with short days, early evenings and cold weather, there was a great feeling of positivity in Deis House as we prepared for our joint charity week with Bloomsbury.

We decided earlier on in the year to continue to support the Chailey Heritage Foundation in their work to assist in the education of children and teenagers with severe physical or mental disabilities while Bloomsbury were raising funds for the JPK Project.

We started the week with our tuck shop that would last throughout the week which was eagerly managed by the Lower Sixth and Prefects. They clearly were more successful than Mr Driver initially anticipated as we sold out of stock by Monday lunch and the boys would continue to sell throughout the week raising just over £200.


On Wednesday, Bloomsbury then made and sold Margherita and Pepperoni pizzas during a novel system whereby students were able to order Pizzas in advance and were then texted when their pizza was ready!

On Thursday the girls then staged a ‘Lip Synch Battle’ event which saw several rounds of highly amusing miming and performance, including Mr Burden and Reverend Buckler duelling over The Proclaimers ‘I’m Gonna Be’, Mr Potter and Mr Abrahams battling over David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’. Overall, that event alone raised over £500 and had many staff and pupils in stitches!


That evening we hosted the Deis and Bloomsbury Quiz Night. With a huge number of donated prizes for the raffle and around 100 people attending, it was a great evening.

Guests were met with live music from Joe Robson, Szofia Rosa and Jake Davidson to name a few along with Deis magician-in-residence ‘Magic Max’ Durdant-Hollamby. With ten teams consisting of parents, pupils and teachers, our fantastic quiz masters Mr Cheshire and Mr Jackson began the David Bowie themed evening with rounds including ‘worst Oscar dresses’, ‘Space Oddity’ and covers of Bowie’s greatest hits.


With the quiz over we moved onto the eagerly anticipated raffle which involved cakes, handbags and plenty of champagne, before musicians including Deis House's Joe Robson took to the stage.

Overall the evening was a fantastic success with Deis and Blooms raising a joint sum of £550.

Then came one of the more unique charity events, Active Deis. On Saturday and Sunday, the intrepid boys of the house went out to do a variety of activities organised by themselves to raise money. Events included 25 kilometre triathlons, cross-country running, sponsored swims and busking along with slightly less strenuous activities such as walking.


Conor busking in Eastbourne on the 'Deis Active' Saturday.

The entire total of the events has not yet come through but we have already received £350 and it looks like there is still a lot more to come in.

Overall, each House set out to raise over £1,000 and both Deis and Bloomsbury achieved these goals. Well done to the pupils in both Houses who contributed during the week and for their continued efforts throughout the year.


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