Record total raised for charity

13 May 2013

Year Eight pupils at RGS Worcester have raised over £7,500 for St Richard’s Hospice, an amount which has staggered the charity as well as staff at the school.

Lizzie Brazier from the Hospice, who set Year Eight the fundraising challenge back in October: “When I heard the amount raised I couldn’t help but shout ‘Wow’ in the office! This is a fantastic total, for which we are extremely grateful.”

At first, fundraising efforts were limited to the ever-popular cake sales, but once a group of boys organized a sponsored hike along the canal from Birmingham to Worcester, fund raising stepped up several notches. Pupils rose to the challenge spectacularly; running raffles, climbing Snowdon, sponsoring silences, running a road race, swimming, cycling huge distances and organising a professional photo shoot, to name just a few initiatives.

Jo Marsh, Head of Lower School Co-curricular Activities: “When the Flourishing Fivers Campaign for St Richard’s Hospice was first introduced five years ago we could never have envisaged that a year group would achieve such an amazing feat.”

At an emotional assembly where the final total was announced, Miss Marsh said: “I am so proud of Year Eight. They’ve made such efforts to help others in the community and I have only the highest praise for their innovative and enthusiastic approach to fund-raising.”

The bar for next year’s fundraising challenge has certainly been set impressively high.

Lizzie Brazier of St Richard’s Hospice with pupils from RGS Worcester Year Eight.