Every five years or so over the past 50 years and more, we have put down our books and gone out to enjoy some of the beautiful local scenery undertaking the challenge of a long-distance walk – all to show our collective support for The Shewsy and, most importantly of all, to raise much needed funds. All monies raised will help to ensure that The Shewsy can maintain and enhance its youth work programmes. This comes at a time when there is greater demand than ever, with record numbers attending both junior and senior clubs, and increasingly specialist support required to meet the needs of the members.
Over their educational journey through Shrewsbury School, all students and staff will get to know a good deal about The Shewsy and its work – details of which can be found here.
Our partnership goes all the way back to 1903, when teachers from the school founded the club. Today our relationship is stronger than ever and we are committed to supporting The Shewsy, as in turn it supports its community which has one of the highest levels of child poverty in the UK.
With our collective fundraising endeavour, we can help to ensure that The Shewsy thrives as an open-access, full-time centre running a range of programmes and activities. We can assist the excellent staff team to draw out the talent and potential of all the young people who attend the club, so that each and every one will discover a positive purpose and direction for their life.
As in 2016, we hope to raise a significant total amount that will have impact over a number of years. To get there, every participant of the walk is encouraged to achieve a personal target of £80 to £100 in sponsorship. We hope that this is less daunting than it might first appear – we all have the summer to find sponsorship from friends and family, mindful that many relatively small contributions will soon add up!
Monies can be donated via house fundraising pages (via Virgin Money Giving) and/or good old-fashioned collection of cash and cheques made payable to ‘Shrewsbury House’ which should be collected in houses.