ACS International Schools’ charity gala raises funds for bursaries and scholarships

Almost 350 parents and alumni attended the London event, the first major fundraiser since ACS became a fully registered UK charity last year

In order to help more young people gain access to its international education programmes at ACS Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon, ACS International Schools has thrown a charity gala – raising £64,000 in the process.

The money will also be used to develop inspiring learning spaces for its students.

Almost 350 parents and alumni from ACS’s global community attended the gala at London’s Guildhall on 2 March and it was the first major fundraising event since ACS became a fully registered UK charity in 2018.

The funds raised will help support bursaries and scholarships for students who would otherwise be unable to attend the schools and create state-of-the-art learning facilities.

We have exciting plans to enhance facilities across our campuses, helped enormously by the generosity of our guests who share our vision

The evening featured the musical talent of students including ACS Cobham’s jazz band, The Messengers, and Kai Yamazaki and Yuki Zhang, aged 17, who duetted on violin and piano.

Tim Cagney, chief executive of ACS International Schools, said: “This was a fantastic night which truly highlighted our commitment to global citizenship and extending our renowned international education to talented young people who would otherwise be unable to come to our schools.

“We have exciting plans to enhance facilities across our campuses, helped enormously by the generosity of our guests who share our vision, to benefit the learning experience of our students now and for decades to come.”


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Pianist, Yuki Zhang, commented: “I was very excited about performing with Kai at the Guildhall which is such an iconic and historic space. It was an honour to represent ACS on such a special evening and the acoustics on the stage were incredible.”

Guests at the charity gala bid for a range of lots in a live and silent auction including breakfast at Tiffany’s flagship store in New York, a behind-the-scenes visit to the filming of TV series Marcella, and a tennis racquet used by Novak Djokovic in his 2019 record-breaking seventh Australian Open win.