House Update: Pupils Raise Funds for Charity
Bede's pupils have enjoyed a very busy beginning to 2019 with a range of House Charity fundraising and local community events. Listed below is a few highlights of the term so far.
Pupils from Camberlot House recently opened a community cafe at the School, in which they invited residents of the village and surrounding area for coffee and homemade cake, as part of the pupils’ ongoing mission to reach out and engage with their local community.
In addition, when Joe Sarro, Lower Sixth, asked for donations to Cancer Research UK instead of birthday presents, his fellow Camberlot pupils joined forces to raise £761. Camberlot Deputy Housemaster, Mr Seeley, says, “It was fantastic to see the entire house unite with Joe and raise as much money as possible by chipping in everything they could to support him. Joe was immensely touched by the generosity of his peers.”
As part of their Charity Week, pupils from Deis House took part in a wide range of activities to raise over £900 for their House Charity, Chailey Heritage Foundation, which provides education and healthcare for children with disabilities. Events included a joint Quiz Night with Bloomsbury House, which saw fierce competition add £150 to the charity pot, a weekly tuck shop and car washing challenge.
The ‘Deis Active’ initiative saw pupils take on physical challenges to raise funds, from mountain biking (pictured top) and ice skating to squash and busking. Conor Woodbridge, Upper Sixth, who raised £305 by taking his violin to the streets of Tunbridge Wells, says, “I visited Chailey Heritage to play music to the children there a couple of years ago and it really is a wonderful place. I am thrilled to have been able to raise funds for this very worthy cause, and would like to thank everyone who has donated.”
Pupils from Dicker House teamed up to raise funds for Cancer Research UK at their Charity Week Cyclathon, which saw pupils cycle 765km on spin bikes. Mr Abraham, Dicker Housemaster, explains, “We had three bikes running non-stop for the duration of breaks, lunches and late stays from Monday to Friday. All of the boys took part. We were intending to cover 500km (the equivalent of cycling from Upper Dicker to Lands End), but such was the effort that we surpassed our target early and set our sights on Edinburgh, which we reached on the Friday.
“So far we have raised over £1,500 for Cancer Research UK, with the 24 Hour Football Challenge to come on Saturday 9 March. We are hoping to raise between £2,000 and £3,000 for the charity.”
Following a successful Charity Week and Santa Run last term, pupils in Dorter House continued to focus on community by inviting fellow pupils from Meads End Boarding House at Bede’s Prep for a sleepover, during which they enjoyed banana muffins and played games. The Dorter House Prefects also organised an event for pupils in younger years, which featured games including tag rugby.
Stud House hosted its annual Race Night to raise funds for the ABC Fund, which supports local disadvantaged children. The evening included food stalls, a tombola and games. Sam Bickersteth, Lower Sixth, says, “The turnout was strong and the sense of community was even stronger. The event was a massive success, and we can’t thank helpers involved enough for organising such a memorable occasion. All proceeds from the event were donated directly to the ABC Fund, cementing the event as a highlight of the year for the House.”
Well done to all pupils and House teams for your sterling efforts! With many more charitable and community events in the pipeline, do keep an eye on our website news pages for updates.