Our Salopian Family continues to undertake acts of kindness, provide support to others, and connect with people in their communities.
Below is a collection of some of the activities and stories that may still be ongoing or have occurred in recent days. This is not an exhaustive list. There are also links to support or engage if you are able and would like to be involved or make contributions.
Theo W (PH 3rd Form) - 5K run each day for 32 days (started on 29th April) raising money for Leukaemia Research and Blood Cancer Trust in memory of his older brother, who would be 32 this year; current total £2417
Theo has been further supported by the Express and Star - https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/cannock/2020/05/15/theo-preparing-to-take-on-5k-challenge-in-memory-of-his-brother/
To support visit - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theo-wylie
T Jackson (Riggs, UVI)
Almost a year ago a team of 6 Shrewsbury Pupils competed in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race, a 48-hour endurance challenge involving a combination of sailing and running. This year whilst Shrewsbury will not be able to send a team due to the current pandemic, I will be attempting my own endurance challenge. From the 12:00 on the 16th of May, he will be hosting a 24 hour long live stream as well as cycling 55 miles (the distance run in the SIPR race), to raise money for two brilliant charities; CRY and Calm. These two charities do a range of amazing things, raising awareness of cardiac risks in the young and tackling mental health issues amongst young men.
There are loads of ways you can be involved. You can get involved yourself by taking part in quizzes, games and baking competitions. If any of this appeals, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. Otherwise please just feel free to drop in on the stream (https://youtu.be/wkd8z3R5LU8) and any donations you can give would be really appreciated. You can find out more about the charities and donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/24hrlive.
Mr David (staff) – A sponsored head shave for Shrewsbury Food Hub; current total £510.
Imogen (LVI MSH) and Eloise (III MSH) with their family have recently visited care homes and hospices to deliver donations of PPE. They have managed to collect and distribute close to £4,000 worth of equipment and delivered to Severn Hospice, Maesbrook Care home and the Vicarage Care Nursing Home.
Eloise and Imogen really enjoyed the project as it was especially rewarding meeting the carers who are working so hard; the work of contacting suppliers, liaising with the care homes and sorting out the equipment really felt worthwhile.
Mr Farmer, Mr David and four pupils have delivered letters from our Fourth Form pupils to seven local care homes. Each care home received a folder with about 20 letters, with more to follow in half term. One home specifically asked for envelopes addressed to ten individuals.
Two Fourth form Porthill boys, Buster and George, along with their L6 sisters Ruby and Alice met up with Mr Farmer and Mr David on Friday (VE Day). They cycled through Shrewsbury, abiding by social distancing rules, starting at Swan Hill then into Bell Vue to two homes, up to Bicton Heath via the BMX track for a quick spin and a stop for an ice cream, over to Cotton Hill and finally on to the Ellesmere Road.
At the last destination, Normanton, they were met by the owners of the care home who came out to thank the pupils. They talked about the great links with Shrewsbury and the volunteering on Thursday afternoons especially mentioning Finn and how one resident was missing him!
The Owner of the Care Home subsequently sent this email to the school:
Have just had the loveliest afternoon!
As you know, we have had the pleasure of volunteer students from Shrewsbury School assisting with activities on a Thursday afternoon for many years. They are, of course, unable to come at the moment because of the situation.
One of their teachers contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if we would like to join their ‘pen pal’ scheme and so this week we received twenty letters for the residents from students in Year 10. We have been reading them all afternoon and they are absolutely fabulous... full of news about what they’ve been doing, the joys of online schooling, plans for the future, photos of dogs and the sweetest little messages for our residents. It has really done our hearts and souls good. We will be writing back and this will hopefully become a bit of a regular thing.
Also makes a nice change from listening to me.