Charity Review

Tuesday 28th May 2024

This half of term, it has been impressive to see the breadth of charitable endeavours that the Marlborough pupil community have embarked upon. These have raised over £18,000 and broadened awareness for very worthy causes. 

The term started with a marathon effort from the boys of C2 Boarding House which has raised £9,825 for CALM – the Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Movement – Swindon.

The event was held on Sunday 21st April with the boys forming relay teams in an attempt to clock up as many miles as possible in two hours on the Athletics Track. The final result saw a total of 184 miles reached, twice the return distance from Marlborough to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. CALM was the chosen charity as Tommy, the grandson of former C2 Dame, Teresa Sugden, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in March 2023.

On Sunday 28th May, the C3 community came together to raise over £1,000 for The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN). This initiative was led by Tom C in memory of a family friend, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017. Proceedings started with a BBQ lunch, followed by C3’s annual six-a-side football tournament. The inclement weather didn’t dampen the C3 spirit and a good time was had by all… especially the All-Star parents’ side who ran out surprise victors!

In addition to this House event, Tom is also raising money from a cycle ride from Jesus College, Oxford (where his friend was at university) to the RHN in London on July 9th 2024, a distance of over 100km. He will be joined by fellow Marlburians, Phoebe C, Josh B, Ottie H, Will E, Jake H and Martha J and his JustGiving page can be found here. Thus far, the group have raised £2,972 including £150 raised by the sale of t-shirts supporting the cycle ride at supper in Norwood Hall on 17th May.

On Sunday 12th May, New Court held an exhibition of art work and pieces produced by the whole house community – everyone from pupils, the HM, tutors, Dame, and domestic staff put pieces into the exhibition. Parents and New Court families were then invited along to view the exhibition and have tea in house, with everyone bringing along a cake to share. It was a really enjoyable afternoon. Donations on the day raised £260 for Cancer Research UK and £180 for Save the Children. New Court have also repeated their very successful fundraising from the sale of Marlborough branded pyjama bottoms, which this term has raised a further £3,000 for Save the Children.

There were two charity initiatives led by the Wellbeing Ambassadors. The first was a second-hand clothing sale to raise funds for the mental health charity, Mind. Parents and pupils from across the school community kindly donated their unwanted clothing, which enabled a bustling sale in Norwood Hall on Sunday 28th April that raised £900. The remaining clothing was donated to charity. The second event was an optional non-uniform/touch of green day on Tuesday 14th May to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. A voluntary donation of £1 to take part raised £600 for the Charlie Waller Trust.

We extend our congratulations and thanks to everyone who led activities, participated in them or supported and gave money.

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