Pupils' Events Raise Thousands of Pounds for Charity

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From House fundraising events to formal dinners, Bede's pupils have spent a busy Half Term raising much-needed funds for charity.

In March, 100 Lower Sixth pupils came together to enjoy an evening of fine dining, good company and fantastic music courtesy of the Lower Sixth BTEC Band - all to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Freddie Tuson, who organised the event with fellow Lower Sixth pupil Tristan Derry (pictured below), says, "The reasons for choosing Cancer Research UK as our charity to raise money for were summed up very well by Mr Abraham in his dinner speech. Cancer is something that will affect half of us, and with a thing as devastating as cancer all we can grasp onto is hope. Cancer Research does exceptional work, something that can give hope to all of us who may be affected by cancer. This, combined with the brilliant charity work of other Lower Sixth pupils, such as Harry Latto who shaved his head to raise money for Cancer Research UK, was why we choose this honourable cause."

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"Organising this event was a pleasure to undertake," Freddie continues, "especially thanks to the help from Mr Henham and the Sixth Form team, the wonderful people at Holroyd Howe and the Events team of Mrs Robinson-Reid and Miss Birtles. We raised almost £1000 for charity, and to do so while giving people a fun evening was the perfect combination."

Also raising funds for Cancer Research UK, the Dicker House boys took to the Sports Hall floor for their annual 24 Hour Football Challenge.

Mr Abraham, Dicker Housemaster, says, "First on the pitch were our First Year pupils, who took us up to 4pm. After this, our more senior pupils settled in for the next 20 hours. Of particular note were our Lower Fifth pupils who really stepped up as a group to help the Sixth Form. 

"The last few hours are always gruelling following the long night, but fuelled by bacon rolls from our brilliant caterers, Holroyd Howe, the boys saw it through.

"We have raised over £2000 for our cause. It was another amazing effort by the boys and the supporting staff. Well done everyone!"

Top photo was taken at the halfway stage of the challenge at midnight, with 12 hours to go.

The Sixth Form also enjoyed an evening of fundraising at Stud House's charity Casino Night, which raised funds for the ABC Fund. Velko Velev, Upper Sixth, says, "The event was with limited to 40 spaces, but demand was so high that we had to add several extra places. Everyone had an amazing time and absolutely loved the event as a social gathering. The atmosphere was uplifting and fun, yet cozy and relaxing, allowing pupils to escape East Sussex and be transported to the casinos of Monaco.

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"The event raised a substantial amount of money for the ABC fund," Velko continues, "allowing us to not only give enjoyment and smiles to the pupils who came along, but also the children supported by the charity. The event had tonnes of positive feedback from everyone and is a requested must do for next year."

Finally, Dorter House held their charity Curry and Bingo Night, which raised £568 for Children with Cancer UK. 

Mrs Murphy, Dorter Housemistress, says, "Everyone had a brilliant night, with the fantastic Mr Henham as bingo caller and boxes of chocolates and other prizes for the first to shout 'bingo!' with lines and full houses."

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