Shrewsbury School

Alex Wilson Scholarship fundraising events

Thursday 18 September 2014

The annual Alex Wilson Memorial Football Match takes place at the School on Sunday 21st September - all spectators welcome. And last weekend more than 300 people packed into the Plaisterers' Hall in London for a very enjoyable and hugely successful ball, which raised over £45,000 for the Alex Wilson Dayboy Scholarship.

A fundraising football match will be held at Shrewsbury at 11.30am on Sunday 21st September, raising funds for the Alex Wilson Dayboy Scholarship - a biennial award for a state-educated local boy entering the Sixth Form as a day boy.

The award has been generously given to the School through the fundraising efforts of the Wilson Family (Chris, Jean and Henry), in memory of their son and brother Alex, who tragically died in an accident in November 2009 at the age of 19.

Alex was a pupil at Shrewsbury School between 2003 and 2008 and he flourished both in the classroom and on the sports field. In addition to his considerable academic achievements, he captained and made 50 appearances for the 1st XI Football team and was Vice Captain of Rugby. He played in the trophy-winning Lord's Taverners Cricket side and was also a member of the 1st XI team who won the Silk Trophy. As well as his obvious successes, Alex ensured he played an active role in the school community which in his final year saw him appointed both Head of Radbrook House and made a School Praeposter, roles that he undertook with great pride.

Sunday's football match will be between former pupils and friends of the Wilson brothers, and current pupils.  There will be refreshments and a raffle after the match, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

On Saturday 13th September, a total of 320 Salopians and friends of the Wilson family packed into the Plaisterers' Hall in the City of London on Saturday 13th September for a memorable evening of dinner, dancing and fundraising for the Alex Wilson Scholarship.

After speeches by Henry Wilson, older brother of Alex, and Richard Bevan (DB 1974-78), Chief Executive of the League Managers' Association, a variety of successful auctions took place. Thanks to the energy and superb organisation of Henry and his committee, a staggering total of over £45,000 has been raised for the future funding of the Scholarship, currently held by the School's 1st XI football captain, Max McClure (Rb), who was guest of honour.

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