The Prep and Senior Departments are a hive of fundraising activity today for the start of our three day charity event and for the first time, responsibility for each fundraising activity is solely in the hands of each House.
Events are taking place during morning and lunch breaks – thank goodness the sun is shining – and include: penalty shoot-out, book sales, guess the sweets/ marshmallows in the jar, guess the name of the teddy bear, Match Attax lucky dip, toy sales, sweet and home-made biscuit sales, a lollipop in the sand stall and a crack the code stall.
Funds from the House events will be donated to the Friends of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital where medical staff successfully treated the son of a teacher at Thorpe House after he was taken seriously ill last year. Southampton PICU is the lead centre in south central England and is the next referral unit if there are no beds available at Great Ormond Street Hospital or the John Radcliffe Hospital. The unit treats over 700 children per year with both medical and surgical problems ranging in age from birth to 18 years.
On Friday a whole school mufti day is planned, as well as a bacon and egg butty sale and boys have been asked to bring in packed lunches so the money that would have been spent on their school lunches can be donated to charity. The chosen charity for Friday’s mufti events is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in support of 9-year old Archie Hill, who lives in Gerrards Cross and was diagnosed with severe and progressive Duchenne Dystrophy at the age of three.
Watch this space for fundraising totals!