Reflecting back over the Summer Term, one thing that has become patently clear during this pandemic has been the value of community, the power of people to look out for one another. It has also become clearer and clearer that King's is a very tight-knit community, which extends well beyond the school gates.
We have seen many of our pupils and staff undertake a variety of fundraising challenges, as well as actions to help people in their own local communities.
One of our new families who live in Trull, along with their local church and a number of their neighbours, have been making sandwiches and cakes for 50 homeless people who are currently residing in Cannonsgrove Halls. The Wadsworths have all chipped in with the production of food, including Harry, who will join us next term.
Harry has also raised £1700 for TearFund's Coronavirus Emergency Appeal – helping to provide food, basic hygiene facilities etc., for those in poverty (especially those in refugee camps). He set himself the challenge of climbing the height of Mt Kilimanjaro on the family's staircase (amounting to a whopping 2184 times up and down the stairs) in three weeks.
Over in King Alfred House, we had more height challenges taking place. Despite many members of the house living far and wide across the UK and overseas, staircases were utilised over 20 and 21 June, when the boys collectively set about 'climbing' from the depths of Challenger Deep to the peak of Mt Everest to raise funds for Against Breast Cancer. To date they have raised over £1300.
As we speak of climbing high peaks, we must mention sisters Lydia and Rosie Thornhill, who, over this last term have been raising funds, along with other family members (older brother and former King's pupil Freddie), for an orphanage in Kenya. Part of these efforts included climbing Mt Kenya. And closer to home, a number of our younger Pre-Prep and Prep pupils took to their bikes to raise funds for Christian Aid's Coronavirus Appeal. Bobby, Annabelle, Archie, Hattie, Martha and Mabel covered 70km around of the grounds of King's College, and managed to raise £700 in the process.
Continuing the reach beyond our school gates, our Development team had a busy term connecting with a great number of our OA community, many of whom had been self-isolating, following the government guidelines for older people.
Joined by a more recent cohort of King's leavers, the team made a start, calling our more mature OAs to make sure they were safe and well. This expression of community care and kindness was well received, with over 100 OAs contacted so far.
Commenting, one OA said: "We OAs appreciate the contact and concern for our welfare at this difficult time." Another added: "This made my day!"
Our thanks go out to the many former pupils who helped with this project.
As a school we have worn a hat to work for Brain Tumour Research, and a number of house staff in Bishop Fox have undertaken distance challenges to raise funds for care workers and front line NHS staff.
Fundraising and charitable concern are not new to King's. We are immensely proud of these collective efforts and look forward to seeing more fundraising events and challenges take place in the next school year.
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