Marlburians work together for Charity

The Marlburian spirit of service has been on full display this first half of term, with many laudable charity initiatives undertaken by pupils and Houses for a number of wonderful charities and causes.

The term started with a pupil-led charity drive to donate spare computers and iPads to help children in our local primary schools with remote learning. Tigerlily Hamilton-Davies (SU U6) launched the initiative to pupils at assemblies and we are very grateful to all those who were able to donate a device: Tilda Maculan (MM Hu), Sophie Harris (MO U6), Honor Edwards (LI U6), Tinka Barber (NC Hu), Phoebe Cox (IH Re), Emily Betts (MO Sh), Izzy Hodgson (DA U6), Artie Nicholson (C3 U6), and Luke Cave (C3 U6). Special thanks go to Mr Finlay for organizing the process and to our Head of ICT Support, Mr Armitage and his team who have given the many hours required to repair and refurbish the donated equipment and have added spare college iPads to the cause. As a result, we have been able to give Marlborough St Mary’s Primary School five laptops and four iPads, Preshute Primary School two laptops and six iPads and Kennet Valley Primary School one laptop and four iPads.

There have been a number of noteworthy individual fundraising challenges successfully undertaken. Molly Jones (MM L6) ran, cycled and walked 500km in five weeks raising £1,415 for the charity I Can & I Am which helps to inspire self-belief and confidence particularly in children. Henry Dukes (BH L6) ran a half marathon for the Mental Health Foundation raising over £700 and Hannah Keighley (DA Hu) led the way with a group of Hundred pupils who between them ran 250 miles over 24 days raising over £3,000 for Parkinson’s UK.

The Houses have come together to connect and create ways to raise money and support our local community. Ivy have been running a series of fundraising events in support of Bobby’s Fund (including The Brain Tumour Charity and the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital) and Alzheimer’s Research UK, including a 12 hour ‘Dancethon’ by the Remove which raised over £900. While we are in lockdown, the Summerfield kitchens are being used by Love Marlborough Kids, a local charity that cooks meals for vulnerable families in Marlborough; and C1 have made a house donation to Lifting the Veil a charity which seeks to destigmatise breast cancer in developing countries, inspired by the work of Kameron Calvert-Davies (B1 U6) with this charity.

The work of another pupil, Emma Kirkwood (MM L6), with Operation Smile has also proved an inspiration for fundraising. Six year old Archie Lilley, the son of our Mill Mead Housemistress was hoping to raise £150 in order to raise enough money for a life-changing operation for a child his age born with a cleft lip and palate. So far, Archie has raised a staggering £1,994 and he is still running!

We continue to raise money for our Chapel charity, WellBoring and we now have £1,478 of our target of £4,000 which will enable us to build a well for a primary school in Kenya. This fundraising effort is ongoing.

We are enormously proud of everyone’s fundraising achievements this term thus far and we are especially grateful for the generosity of Marlborough families in supporting them.

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