Crossways: Girls Volunteer at Underwood Farm for MADD 2016


At the end of last term, a cohort of First Year, Lower Fifth and Pre-Sixth Crossways girls had much fun painting the horse stables at Underwood Farm as part of Bede’s annual Make a Difference Day.

The group of 17 girls worked in different teams, breaking for a picnic between the morning and afternoon shifts.


The stable walls got three coats at least, which wasn’t a bad day’s work – particularly considering all of the horse-stroking required!

As well as providing the pupils with a fantastic team-building adventure, the girls left the farm staff very happy indeed, with one saying, “I must say walking onto the yard Friday evening made my face light up with pride."


“I could see instantly how hard all the girls had worked and how efficient and tidy they had all been - the yard looks amazing.  I would like to thank everybody involved, from the bottom of my heart, you all did an amazing job, thank you so much.”

Just one example of Bede’s pupils making a difference around Sussex, MADD 2016 saw pupils teaching at local primary schools, helping out at eldercare facilities, volunteering at Chailey Heritage and collecting litter from local woodlands.


Bede’s Co-Curricular Deputy Head Rachael Woollett, the driving force behind the scheme, said, “It’s so important for every young person to give of themselves, and with Bede’s Community Links Scheme going from strength-to-strength it is brilliant to see our pupils finding imaginative ways to help others.”


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