Charity Review

Tuesday 2nd July 2024

The Summer Term has seen an impressive breadth of charitable endeavours undertaken by the Marlborough community. These have raised over £22,500 and broadened awareness for very worthy causes. 

As always, house communities have come together to do excellent work for charity.  C2 ran a total of 184 miles in their relay event, twice the return distance from Marlborough to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, raising £9,825 for CALM (the Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Movement, Swindon). CALM was the chosen charity as Tommy, the grandson of former C2 Dame, Teresa Sugden, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in March 2023.

C3 took part in a sponsored day of football, raising £1,000 for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, a charity which is also being supported by Tom C and a group of Upper Sixth pupils, who have raised a further £3,022 through a sponsored 100km cycle ride from Oxford to London which will take place on 9 July.

New Court have raised £3,440 for Save the Children and Cancer Research via a combination of branded pyjama sales and an in-house art exhibition and charity tea.

The Wellbeing Ambassadors raised £900 for MIND through the sale of second-hand clothing early this term, and a further £600 for the Charlie Waller Trust on the ‘Touch of Green’ day to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

For the eighth year running. Marlborough was proud to host the Knight Frank Schools Triathlon, the UK’s largest fundraising event for children aged 7-13. More than 1,000 children from 26 local schools swam, cycled and ran their hearts out, covering a combined distance over the day equivalent to Bristol – Barcelona and raising a phenomenal £144,000 for Restless Development and numerous other charities chosen by the participating schools. The event was only possible thanks to the support of 74 Lower Sixth pupils and 40 members of staff who volunteered to help with the running of the day, and of the Shell who helped to clear everything away at the close.

Our Head of Art, Edward Twohig, generously donated a painting to St Francis School for their charity auction on behalf of Afrikaya Nursery School which raised £1,250.

The evening event in support of the OSCAR foundation on the last weekend of term raised £1,700 to help fund the life changing work that the foundation does with young people in India. This was part of our longstanding connection with OSCAR which included the three day visit from some of their pupils in October of last year which was truly memorable for all involved.

We wish Alexander W-B every success with his quite extraordinary 100km ultramarathon on 13 July.  He has raised £852 thus far for the West Berkshire Therapy Centre and if you would like to support his herculean effort, you can do so here.

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.

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