This has been an exceptional term for pupil-led charity initiatives, raising an amazing £30,000 for many important causes.
In the first half of term, Turner House’s ‘Dawn Till Dusk’ charity football day raised £5,000 for UKtoUkraine – money that will equip schools in the Donbas region with diesel generators and computers. £550 was raised for Mind by the wearing of green ribbons on World Mental Health Day; Barton Hill continued their annual support for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal at the House Shout raising £100; and the stunning rocking chair made by Will S was auctioned for £775 with the proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
After half-term, the College was a-buzz with the return of ‘Assassins’, a charity fundraising game that has been, until COVID, an annual tradition. Its return raised £1,120 for the Royal British Legion and special thanks must go to the Charity Committee who took on the task of organising the game. Also, during Remembrance, C3 and Mill Mead completed their traditional 5km Poppy Run raising a further £2,855 for the Royal British Legion.
The exhilarating performances of Godspell in November inspired an audience collection of £300 for Amnesty International.
Further fundraising took place to support those displaced by the war in Ukraine. Over a 12-hour period, 75 pupils and 20 members of Common Room cycled non-stop the cumulative distance of 2,823 kilometers, further than Marlborough to Kiev, and raised £4,063 in the process for the Mail Force Ukraine Appeal.
Pupils and staff also came together to raise money for Movember, totaling £3,605 from donations and a Mega Sale.
New Court sourced and sold unique Marlborough PJ bottoms and raised £2,411.60 for Breast Cancer UK. C3 and Mill Mead held a charity breakfast in House raising £645 for the Youth Centre in Marlborough, a project they support annually.
In the final weeks of term, our Christmas events provided a perfect opportunity for generously thinking of others. Christmas jumper day raised over £100 for the Oscar Foundation and Charlie K and Turner raised £336 for Operation Smile from the Shell Dance and a Christmas bake sale.
We are enormously grateful to everyone who contributed to the retiring collections at our Christmas Carol Services. These raised an incredible £8,283.79, the largest total ever, which means that the four charities being supported, The Amber Trust, Bowel Cancer UK, The Major of Marlborough’s Charities and the Oscar Foundation, will each receive £2,070.
These are superb charity initiatives and we extend our congratulations and thanks to everyone who led activities, participated in them or supported and gave money. Marlborough has a rich philanthropic tradition and we are proud that a sense of giving and of looking to make a difference is so strongly felt by our whole community.