Our final week of term has been a busy one for Charity! Funds raised from the events were
in aid of our Charity of the Term, the Teenage Cancer Trust and our International Charity
of the Year, ZAWT (Zimbabwe Agricultural Welfare Trust).
The charity committee organised a series of events commencing with the College’s first
Staff Triathlon in which nineteen members of staff took part, mostly involving teams of three. Students took over the role usually played by staff and marshalled the events with great enthusiasm whilst providing staff with much appreciated encouragement and moral support along the way. Congratulations go to ‘The Dream Team’ made up of Jacob Rawlinson-Honeyball, Allan Card and Dan Wood who undoubtedly lived up to their name!
The triathlon was immediately followed by our first College Fête, which was thoroughly
enjoyed by all.
During Sports Day we hope to raise another £100 for watching the Tug-of-war of Staff vs the 1st XV College Rugby Team. Sale from soft drinks will make further contributions to our
Last week was National Doughnut Week, an event which aims to raise funds for children’s hospices nationally. So the College staff and students joined in the fun to help raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH), in Ipswich, through the sale of designer Krispy Kremes doughnuts.
This year the Charity Committee was determined to beat last year’s sales, and reached a staggering 2,436 doughnuts! Profits from the sales which raised just under £790, will go some way to providing funds for EACH to continue supporting families across the region and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.
The local area’s contact for EACH, Ms Vanessa Ball, has been invited to a cheque presentation ceremony during a College assembly this coming Monday.
We are extremely grateful to Richard Ashton who had to make a very early start to the day in order to collect the doughnuts from the factory in Enfield and get them to the College in time for morning break.
The event was a tremendous success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their treats!
We were pleased to welcome the Director of Fundraising at YoungMinds, Mr Chris Walker, who came all the way from Brighton.
Mr Walker addressed the College during Monday morning’s assembly and gave us an enlightening talk about overcoming the stigma associated with mental health issues, and creating awareness that support is available to enable young people to deal with their problems. After his address he was presented with a cheque for £1,209.76 by Hugo Tomassi, whose moving presentation last term led to YoungMinds being voted Charity of the Term.
The funds were raised last term through various activities organised by the Charity Committee. These included Rock Night, the sale of Valentine roses, the Harlem Shake, the Cabaret Raffle, Non-Uniform Day and finally the whole school Easter Egg Hunt.
At the start of this week, we welcomed Ms Jade Rolph and Ms Fran Johnson of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Charity, which is based in Cambridge, to a cheque presentation ceremony during a College assembly.
The £1,200.69 raised by the College will provide funds for sixty hours of world-class scientific research, making a real difference in the mission to defeat dementia, which is one of the biggest medical challenges of our time. Ms Rolph and Ms Johnson were very grateful for the efforts that all have made in raising the money for the donation.
The funds were raised last term through various activities organised by the Charity Committee. These included car washing, a non-uniform day, raffle ticket sales during the Autumn Concert, the sale of candy canes and finally the Staff Pantomime.
On Sunday the College community hosted a lunch for about thirty of Framingham’s more elderly residents, most of whom have been visited as part of the community service programme.
Some of the guests could remember this was an annual event when Michael Booker was chaplain and it is wonderful that under Mrs Ward’s enthusiastic guidance it has been revived. Remarkably, for many of the guests it was the first time that they had ever been inside the College and they felt so privileged to be invited.
Thanks must go to everyone who helped to make the meal so wonderful and the guests so cherished, in particular the catering staff and the students; but perhaps a special mention should go to John Southworth who accompanied the lunch with two hours of piano playing.
Earlier this week, students and staff enjoyed a rare Tuck Shop event.
Extremely friendly and persuasive Charity Representatives, from across the age groups, gave up their breaks to run the stalls. There was lots of excitement and all were treated to their favourite goodies.
All profits will go to the West Villa Hostel, in Ipswich.
West Villa Hostel is a government run hostel providing basic accommodation for homeless families, and many of the occupants are children.
During the recent visit of an Army Air Corps Apache helicopter from Wattisham to Framlingham College over £11,000 was raised for military charities. Representatives from Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and the Afghan Appeal Fund represented by GSM WO1 Dean Watt from Wattisham, each received a cheque for £2,784 from the event organisers at Framlingham College yesterday. The ‘Apache Approach’ event had been held to raise funds for charity as well as giving members of the local community the opportunity to get a very close-up view of the helicopter and to ask the crew questions about their operations in Suffolk and overseas. Andrew Payn, Framlingham College’s Operations Director, was delighted with the success of the day adding ‘This was a real community event and we were pleased to give visitors the chance to see this amazing aircraft operating at close hand and to meet the crew. We are very grateful to the Army Air Corps as well as the Royal Air Force Regiment from RAF Honington for their support and we were delighted that so much was raised for the Armed Forces’ Charities.’
Representatives from the Armed Forces’ Charities and Fundraising Committee from L to R:
Christopher Bindloss, Susie Marshall, Andrew Payn, Fergus Williams (Walking with the Wounded), GSM WO1 Dean Watt, Diezle Hammond, Domini Pocock (Help for Heroes), Sarah Rimmer, Georgina Natzio (Combat Stress), John Grayburn, Helen Radcliffe and Caroline Cowper.
On Thursday, the College staff & students joined in the fun of raising funds to help some very deserving children at The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH), in Ipswich, through the sale of ‘designer’ Krispy Kremes doughnuts.
The Charity Committee worked hard to sell as many doughnuts as possible, and with sales reaching 1 560, profits raised just over £550.
We are utterly grateful to Jon Lockhart who had a very early start to the day, as he kindly volunteered his services to collect the doughnuts from the factory in Enfield and get them to the College in time for morning break.
The event was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their treats!
Today is non-uniform day and we hope to make an even greater difference to EACH by raising a further £450.