This has been an exceptional term for pupil charity and fundraising initiatives, raising an amazing £128,805 for the Marlborough Difference Campaign and many other important causes.
In the first half of term, after a short postponement due to the exceptionally hot weather, the Whole School Walk took place, raising funds for bursaries at the College. It was fantastic that so many were able to participate on the rearranged date of the 1st October, with well over 800 pupils involved with all participants completing the walk in under six hours. That we were able to meet, and indeed exceed, our fundraising target by raising £113,305, has ensured that a new Sixth Form bursary place is available for a pupil who would not otherwise be able to come to Marlborough. This is a fantastic achievement, and a wonderful demonstration of what we can achieve when we all come together as a community to make a difference.
Our thanks also go to David Du Croz (CR 1996-07) editor of Marlborough College and the Great War in 100 Stories – a limited edition publication with only 749 copies printed, one for each of the pupils, beaks and staff who fought and died. The book honours their memory and charts the story of the school and its people during those traumatic five years and beyond. David has been volunteering his time to sell the last remaining copies in aid of the Marlborough Difference Campaign, raising £1,000 thus far. A few books remain and can be purchased from the Marlborough Difference Campaign online store.
After half-term, the College was a-buzz with preparations for ‘Eliminations’, a charity fundraising game which is a long-standing tradition at the College. It raised £1,200 for the OSCAR Foundation 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 £2,310 for the Royal British Legion and the two houses combined again to raise £650 from a charity breakfast for the Youth Centre in Marlborough, another project they support annually.
Tymur A hosted a photography exhibition to raise awareness of the terrible tragedies that war continues to bring to Ukraine. Tymur said about his exhibition: ‘the images provide a powerful reminder of the horrors of war. Additionally, recognising the urgent need for support on the ground, my secondary goal was to raise funds towards vital medical supplies for heroic frontline medics in Ukraine that are saving lives every day under intense bombardment. Collaborating with charities like ‘United with Ukraine,’ allowed the exhibition to raise awareness and quite literally save lives’.
For a further year, pupils and staff came together to raise money for Movember. Their efforts totaled £1,334 for the important cause of male health and wellbeing. Charlie K and Turner raised £180 for Operation Smile from a delicious cake sale and this brings the total Charlie and his House have raised this year for that wonderful charity to over £500.
In the final weeks of term, our Christmas events provided a perfect opportunity for generously thinking of others. Christmas jumper day raised over £150 for Save the Children and congratulations go to Olivia M and Dom C for organising and publicising the event with pupils. Ivy raised over £60 from beautiful handmade Christmas wreaths which will go towards planting fruit trees in the Westholme garden for the enjoyment of the College community. C1 created and sold house Christmas cards to parents and pupils which raised £400 to be split between the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton and Aurora, which is dedicated to empowering women, especially the younger generation, facing breast cancer—the second most common cancer in women.
We are enormously grateful to everyone who contributed to the retiring collections at our Christmas Carol Services. These raised an incredible £7,490.86 for the Marlborough Difference Campaign for life-changing bursaries which means that in total, only this term, through the generosity and efforts of our pupils and their families, we have raised nearly £122,000 for our bursary fund.
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.