Stamford School, part of the Stamford Endowed Schools, have been taking part in a number of charitable activities this summer.
The students recently hosted the annual Evergreen Care Trust tea party at the end of the summer term. The Trust is a local charity that provides services for the elderly in order to keep them independent for as long as possible. There were around 60 guests for an afternoon of food and entertainment, many of whom were residents of South Kesteven District care homes.
Helen Chew, charity co-ordinator at Stamford School, said: “The event was very successful and it was lovely to see how charming our young charity prefects were with our guests.”
Pupils have also been raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, leading up to a whole-school sponsored walk. Staff and students walked 13km on 30 June, in memory of Tom Billington, a former pupil who was helped by the charities before passing away.
Along with other events, the walk has brought the running total to £10,000 for the three charities, and still counting.
Headmaster of Stamford School, Mr Will Phelan, said: “Tom was a wonderful Stamfordian and great friend to all. There has been a great determination felt throughout the Stamford Endowed Schools to do something for the charities that helped Tom and his family. The walk was a culmination of this and has raised a great sum of money for the charities, at least £10,000. All those involved should be very proud of their efforts, as, indeed, am I.”
What’s more, Stamford are proud sponsors for Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, which provides care for groups of Belarusian children who live in areas still affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. During that month the children are hosted by local families, taken on daily activities and receive much needed health checks, fulfilling both recreational and medical needs. The charity recently visited the school for a day of activities and donations from students.
The school has sponsored their third child, Maxim, on his visit this time. In addition to ball games, swimming and other activities around the school, parents and pupils also held a clothing collection so that good quality clothing and footwear, as well as items such as seeds and toothpaste, can be sent back to Belarus for the children’s families.
Mrs Helen Chew, who organises the FOCC’s time at Stamford School, said: “Our thanks go to the parents who have been so generous in their donations. All this has taken place through the auspices of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, Helpston. It was great to see that they were able to take away a van load of clothing.”