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Alzheimer’s Campaigner Ellie Raises Funds for Charity

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Lower Sixth pupil Ellie Redford has been doing her bit for charity this term, holding various fundraising events in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Ellie began her campaign by presenting to staff and pupils during a morning assembly, where she spoke passionately about how the UK’s leading Alzheimer’s research charity is helping to defeat dementia.

The touching speech formed part of a home clothes day, one of a number that occur throughout the year, where staff and pupils adopt casual wear in support of local and national charities.

As someone who has witnessed its devastation first-hand (Ellie’s grandmother suffered from the condition) she used her own experiences to raise awareness of the disease and encouraged her fellow pupils to donate to the worthy cause.

In a bid to raise funds, the Sixth Former took advantage of the hot bank holiday weather by holding an ice-cream sale for members of the King’s community, supported by theMeynell Housemistress, Mrs Cashmore.,

Ellie also ran a bake sale, selling cupcakes, brownies and a range of delicious baked goods to her hungry friends and schoolmates. Both sales were a success and proved extremely popular with staff and pupils across the school.

When asked about the reason behind her fundraising, Ellie said: “I wanted to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK as I felt that it is such an important charity that it doing vital work in the fight against dementia. It is also a charity that is very close to my family's heart.”

She added: “My family and I are so happy and thankful that King's has given us the opportunity to undertake such fundraising, and I am extremely grateful to those who have given their time and support to help with fundraising and raising awareness for this cause.”

As a result of Ellie’s hard work over the past few weeks, combined with the generosity of all who donated or were involved in the sales, King’s College has helped to raise over £1000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. This has exceeded all expectations, and we are very proud of our pupils.

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