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Sponsors: Charity Fundraising Day a success - over £2000 for Hospiscare and Karen Hill Tribes Trust

5 October 2015

Exeter School's Sixth Form Charity Committee has helped raise valuable funds for local charity, Hospiscare, as well as the Karen Hill Tribes Trust run by alumnus Will Harnden.

The team held the charitable event in the school playing fields, where teams battled each other playing bubble football alongside welly throwing, face painting and a multitude of fairground games. Thanks to Laser Camp who provided the bouncy castle and inflatable football arena for free.

Refreshments were provided in the form of a delicious BBQ, cake stall and fruit juices which were kindly provided by Frobishers.

Magdalen Café, The Black Horse, Chandos, Coffee no.1, Carluccios, The Cosy Club, St. Leonard's Flower Shop, Bon Gout, Coastal Recycling, Lovell Rugby, Exminster Golf Club and Exeter Golf and Country Club generously provided raffle prizes.

The Charity Committee is made up of the Heads of School and Senior Prefects who planned the day together.

The day raised an astounding £2041.95.

Former pupil and 2005 Exeter School leaver Will Harnden said: "We are so pleased to have the support of Exeter School for the Karen people in Thailand.

"As a pupil I always found the school had a great sense of adventure, and we hope that some current Sixth Formers will apply to volunteer to travel to Thailand and help on one of the projects. One of our key aims is to improving access to education for Karen children who live in mountain villages and have to walk long distances on foot to have a chance of secondary education.

"At the moment only 1 in 4 children from this community finish secondary school. Thanks to your fundraising efforts we have the opportunity toimprove this situation for future generations."

Susie Healey, Hospiscare Community Fundraiser, said: "Hospiscare are so grateful for the fabulous support we have received from the school which will make a real difference for our patients and their families.

"Your support is extra special to us as we know that the pupils chose to support Hospiscare as a local charity; it was inspiring to see how hard everybody worked, not only at the fete but in the planning stages beforehand too, thank you.

"We could not be there when we are needed without this sort of fabulous involvement from our local community."

House Captain Suraj Gandhi said it was extremely satisfying to see all the logistics and the team's hard work come together on the day. "The atmosphere was very relaxed and everybody had a smile on their face."

Head of Townsend House, Frankie Trelawny, said it was: "full of laughter, glitter and cake; a brilliant day!"

Deputy Head Boy Martin Cull and House Captain Abby Pelling said: "We are incredibly pleased that we were able to raise so much money for two extremely worthwhile charities."

The charity day would not have been possible without the help of many people including Head of Sixth Form Alison Marsh, the Bursar Commodore Richard Hawkins, Assistant Head Lyndsay Hilton, Estates and Facilities Manager Craig Stewart and the maintenance team, and Senior Prefects.

Thanks to the sponsors of the programme: Signs Express, The Gro Company, Lorimer Consulting, Seabrook Clark, O'Connors Campers, Alp Escape and My Business Centre, The Hylton Mandarin Academy, Technical Health, Coastal Recycling, ispanish.co.uk and Summerhayes Care Home. Thanks also to Magdalen Café, The Black Horse, Chandos, Coffee no.1, Carluccios, The Cosy Club, St. Leonard's Flower Shop, Bon Gout, Coastal Recycling, Lovell Rugby, Exminster Golf Club and Exeter Golf and Country Club for providing the amazing selection of raffle prizes.

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