The sponsored walk across the Long Mynd September 2011 that raised £50,000
Since September, when the whole school walked back from the Long Mynd on a glorious sunny day and raised £50,000 for Shrewsbury House, the school has gone on stepping out to raise money for charity.
Shrewsbury House, the Liverpool Youth Club, with which the school has had a thriving connection since it was founded in 1903, will use the money raised to improve the facilities it offers to teenagers in Everton. Every year, students from Shrewsbury help out at the Club on three day residential visits, and host a weekend here for the club members. Every visit includes a keenly-fought football match.
Events in the Music Department, competitive Moustache-growing amongst the staff, collections in Chapel and a splendiferous Christmas Raffle, hosted by Father Giles Bell Christmas, have made almost £10,000 for a range of local, national and international charities. The student-led Fashion Show, Open Air Pop Concert and Blue Chairs Calendars have raised over £6,000 for Leukaemia and Motor Neurone Disease research. Traditionally, two blue chairs have travelled the world, and had their photographs taken, raising money for causes close to the hearts of Shrewsbury students.
The 18 students and 6 staff who are going to work at a project in Malawi this summer, which comprises an orphanage, a school and a hospital, are not only loaded up with 240kg of donations of bandages, toys and teaching resources, but have nearly doubled their target of £5,000 to take with them. This money will go directly to the project, and has been raised by car-washing, bag-packing, sponge-throwing, bike-riding, cake-selling, baby-sitting, farm-working, wristband-selling, jazz-playing, breakfast-cooking. A generous donation came from the profits of ‘Salopian Ventures’, the sixth form small business scheme, all of which will contribute to a lasting Shrewsbury legacy in Malawi.
When they return, the students will be holding a Medic Malawi Report Back evening, on October 11, to inspire the 2014 expeditioners, and to explain just how the money was used. They will be loaded, on their return, (I can guarantee!) with happy memories, new friendships and the grateful thanks of those they worked alongside.
The next step? A student-chaired Charity Committee will be meeting for the first time next term – the Blue Chairs Committee – to inspire new fund-raising initiatives and maybe, just maybe, beat this year’s magnificent total.
The Medic Malawi trip has its own blog, which will be updated by Laura Whittle while the team are away: