Bede’s pupils raise funds for charity

March 12, 2019

Pupils at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker have enjoyed a busy start to 2019 with a range of charity fundraising and community events.

As part of their House Charity Week, pupils from Deis House took part in a wide range of activities to raise over £900 for the Chailey Heritage Foundation, which provides education and healthcare for children with disabilities. Events included a joint Quiz Night with Bloomsbury House (which saw fierce competition add £150 to the charity pot), a weekly tuck shop and car washing challenge. The ‘Deis Active’ initiative saw pupils take on physical challenges to raise funds, from mountain biking and ice skating to squash and busking.

Conor Woodbridge, Upper Sixth pupil who raised £305 by taking his violin to the streets of Tunbridge Wells, says, “I visited Chailey Heritage to play music to the children there a couple of years ago and it really is a wonderful place. I am thrilled to have been able to raise funds for this very worthy cause, and would like to thank everyone who has donated.”

Pupils from Dicker House raised funds for Cancer Research UK at their Charity Week Cyclathon, which saw pupils cycle 765km on spin bikes. Mr Abraham, Dicker Housemaster, explains, “We had three bikes running non-stop for the duration of breaks, lunches and late stays from Monday to Friday. All of the boys took part. We were intending to cover 500km (the equivalent of cycling from Upper Dicker to Lands End), but such was the effort that we surpassed our target early and set our sights on Edinburgh, which we reached on the Friday.

“So far we have raised over £1,500 for Cancer Research UK, with the 24 Hour Football Challenge to come on Saturday 9 March. We are hoping to raise between £2,000 and £3,000 for the charity.”

Pupils from Camberlot House invited local residents to their new Community Café at the School, where they served coffee and homemade cake as part of their ongoing mission to engage with their local community. Camberlot Deputy Housemaster, Mr Sealey, says, “The morning was a great success and the pupils did themselves proud. I am already looking forward to inviting them in again in the future.”

In response to Upper Sixth pupil Joe Sarro’s request for donations to Cancer Research UK, pupils from Camberlot House joined forces with activities and contributions to raise £761. Mr Sealey adds, “It was fantastic to see the entire house unite with Joe and raise as much money as possible by chipping in everything they could to support him. Joe was immensely touched by the generosity of his peers.”

Stud House hosted its annual Race Night to raise funds for the ABC Fund, which supports local disadvantaged children. The evening included food stalls, a tombola and games. Sam Bickersteth, Lower Sixth, says, “The turnout was strong and the sense of community was even stronger. The event was a massive success, and we can’t thank helpers involved enough for organising such a memorable occasion. All proceeds from the event were donated directly to the ABC Fund, cementing the event as a highlight of the year.”

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