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Many of you in recent weeks have undertaken challenges for charity and the wider community and we thought it would be inspiring to share a few stories:

Spot the pink digger!

As the last stages of work are completed on the new Science, Music and Technology centre, the keen-eyed among you may have spotted a pink digger on site at Prior’s Field. Cosham Plant Hire are supporting Breast Cancer Care and aim to raise £100,000 over the next 4 years – their pink Hitachi ZX130-5 Excavator is available for hire to all their customers, with profits going to Breast Cancer Care.

Changing lives in Costa Rica – Head Girl Georgina reports

“Over the summer, fellow pupil Becca and I went to Costa Rica to volunteer with the charity ‘Homes of Hope’. Here we spent the most incredible and rewarding week building a house for a family in desperate need of a new home… We had the privilege of being joined by the family and their relatives, along with friends and local people, all working side by side – it really was a team effort… We were also fortunate enough to be able to take the family on a shopping trip where with just USD$250 we were able to supply basic food that will keep them going for months, along with basic toiletries and sanitation products… We want to thank you for all your support and donations, which meant that we were able to take out USD$1000, which is going to go towards building a playground for the young people in the local community.” To read Georgina’s full article, click here.

Local charity

Items needed – Request for help from Kay – Deputy Head Girl: “For Harvest Festival this year, we have chosen to support a local charity called The Number Five Project: a direct access night shelter for homeless men and women. We are aiming to collect and donate items on the charity’s wish list including: coffee, sugar, washing powder, deodorants, custard, jelly, cakes, biscuits, tinned food, juice/squash, pepper, brown/tomato sauce, boxer shorts and socks. These are just suggestions; other donations would be much appreciated. Please could pupils bring in any items by Friday 23 September. Thank you for your support.” The sky’s the limit – Good luck to Sixth Former Flora, skydiving this weekend in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice.

GOSH

Despite the rain last Saturday, Sandra Broomfield, staff member in the school’s Finance Department, walked 28km from Runnymede to Cookham in just under six and half hours, raising just under £700 to date for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Tinga Tinga update

Tinga Tinga is a 400 pupil primary school in the Arusha Region of Tanzania, to which Mrs Kirnig made a visit during the summer holidays and for which First and Second Formers raised approximately £600 last year. The challenges of this school are many – including the need for drinking water, cooking facilities and books – and it is Mrs Kirnig’s hope that, as one of our school charities, relations will strengthen between the two schools overtime.