Pupils Praised for Fundraising Efforts
Coronavirus may have put a halt to our whole-school fundraisers, but it certainly hasn’t stopped our pupils, who continue to plough ahead with their own charitable efforts.
Yesterday a group of King’s Hall pupils took to their bikes in support of Christian Aid UK. Siblings Archie and Hattie E (Year 6 and Year 2), Martha and Mabel J (Year 4 and Year 2) and Bobbie and Annabelle F (Reception and Nursery) cycled an impressive 70km around the grounds at King’s College.
The children were inspired by a recent assembly led by our school Chaplain, Father Mark, who spoke about the amazing work of Christian Aid. The charity, who recently launched their Coronavirus Emergency Appeal, are currently responding to outbreaks of Covid-19 around the world, working with partners and faith leaders to offer hygiene kits, PPE and food packages to the most vulnerable of communities.
The children, who we like to call “Team Jowarey”, initially set a target of 50km and yet, despite the searing heat, were able to knock this figure out of the park – recording an impressive 70km! Rumour has it that little Annabelle notched up the extra 20km on her scooter, but this has yet to be confirmed…
As a result of their efforts, the team featured on BBC Somerset this morning, where they spoke to Claire Carter as part of the station’s ‘Make a Difference’ campaign. To listen to the interview, please click here.
In addition to “Team Jowarey”, another set of siblings have been doing their bit in the fight against coronavirus. Brothers James and Benjamin W (Year 1 and Year 4) recently set themselves the challenge of running around their garden in support of NHS Charities Together.
When asked what inspired them to undertake the challenge, their mum said: “It all happened by accident; my husband challenged the boys to see how far they could run doing laps of the field, just as something to do on a Sunday morning. We set up a water station with music and supporters (their little sister and the dog) and they started doing laps.”
She added: “It was only after that they realised quite how far they had run – James did 53 laps and Benjamin 28 – that James asked if it was a good enough effort to try and raise some money. We then set up a JustGiving page with a target of £100 and the boys chose the charity; they have followed Captain Tom’s efforts with interest and wanted to support the same cause.”
It seems that their efforts did pay off as the keen “King’s Loopers” managed to achieve a combined total of 32km (about 20 miles) and have so far raised almost £700. Captain Tom would certainly be proud, just as we are!
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