The King’s Ely community has raised more than £23,000 for two charities which support poverty-stricken families in East Africa.
Over the last 12 months, students, staff, families and friends of King’s Ely have been taking on a whole host of fundraising initiatives in aid of the Uganda Marathon charity and the Friends of Mengo Hospital charity.
One challenge was in June when Richard Oliver, Alison Stewart, Amanda Kippax and Claire Kyndt, who are all members of teaching staff at King’s Ely Junior and King’s Ely Senior, signed up for the Uganda Marathon itself.
In the week leading up to the race, the King’s Ely team also took part in a variety of local voluntary projects based in Uganda, including a school sports day to support the UN’s Global Goal initiative.
Andy Miller, a representative of the Uganda Marathon charity, attended King’s Ely’s Michaelmas Mid-term Service at Ely Cathedral to receive the cheque for an impressive £23,583. The money will be split equally between the Uganda Marathon charity and the Friends of Mengo Hospital charity, which both work to help reduce poverty in the Eastern African country.
Principal of King’s Ely Sue Freestone said: “We are tremendously proud of the way in which the King’s Ely community has pulled together to raise this fantastic amount. We have been inspired by our intrepid teachers and by the difference we know this donation will make on the ground.”