2019/20 Charity Fundraising Passes £40,000
The central fundraising focus for 2019/20 has been to support the OSCAR foundation in Mumbai. We have raised in excess of £10,000 for their U17 boys 2019 UK tour and also to support their response to COVID-19. The Lower Sixth £10 challenge provided the stimulus for much of the fundraising, and special mention should be made to Lydia Hunt and Lily Fowler (DA U6) for their highly successful pop-up shop and to Tate Oliphant and Kate Aspbury (MO U6) for selling hundreds of pairs of Marlborough/Oscar ‘trackies’. Thanks to each House for their sterling efforts to support OSCAR!
This year has also seen wonderfully successful initiatives from individual Houses, both before and after lockdown.
Led by Oscar Tosh (B1 U6), B1 raised £4,799 for the Marlborough Youth Community project by collectively cycling the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats on Watt Bikes. Separately, Jasper Laidlaw (B1 L6) has recently raised £1,300 for SENSE with his pool swim across The Channel.
C3 and Mill Mead joined forces successfully once again, raising over £4,000 through a joint breakfast, a Poppy Run and a Macmillan coffee morning for three charities: Marlborough Youth Community Project, The Royal British Legion and Macmillan Cancer Support
Elmhurst have once again been to the fore, raising a fabulous £5,366 by taking on the 2.6 mile challenge for Bobby’s Fund (supporting John Radcliffe’s Children’s Charity and The Brain Tumour Charity). Dancy have been engaged in a collective Everest Climb, led by chief mountaineer Marina Bokhari (DA L6), and have so far raised over £1,500. Morris raised over £700 through carnations and candy canes for BLISS, the premature baby charity.
Sam Henriques (SU U6) raised over £700 for the Movember charity, whilst cricket captains Rosie Pembroke (EL U6) and Ben Spink (SU U6) have created “Run 100 to Raise 100”, so far raising over £3,000 for The Ruth Strauss Foundation and Cricket Without Boundaries.
The most gruelling personal challenge for charity was undertaken by Cameron Heyring (C1 L6), who took part in the 44km Northumberland Trail Marathon to support Angkor Hospital for Children (Cambodia). He raised £2,200 and finished 56th out of 2055 adult participants. A wonderful achievement.
We are proud to have raised well over £40,000 for a range of wonderful charities in this particularly challenging year; that figure could rise still if you are prepared to have a go at Ben and Rosie’s “100 to raise 100”!
Head of Upper Sixth & Assistant Director of Admissions