Elgar House Charity Raises £650
A number of events took place between the 25th and 29th of April in aid of two charities selected by Elgar House: the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and The Steve Bernard Foundation.
A raffle was held throughout the week, boasting prizes such as a Kindle Fire, a boat trip in Sandbanks, an enormous sack of potato peelers, Xbox/Playstation games and various other goods. We received a sizeable donation from Tesco instigated by the hard work and cajolery of the outgoing house captain, Daniel Redfearn. Contrary to previous years, the House did not organise a mass-collection of prizes from students (which largely consisted of Christmas present rejects, etc.), rather organised everyone to donate to a fund which then selected higher value prizes than would otherwise have been the case. The prizes were therefore more desirable and of higher quality, attracting more donations!
The raffle stool was set up in its customary place in the foyer and was manned by Elgar House Prefects. Other Prefects beetled around the corridors flogging raffle tickets wherever the opportunity arose or alternatively visited form rooms during lunchtimes. The prizes were drawn on Monday, with some still awaiting collection in the House office.
Running alongside the raffle was a tuck shop, organised by Year 8 pupil Maximilian Miramon. This was set up in Room 5 and attracted a worryingly large number of sugar-craving students. He raised nearly £230, the single biggest contributor to the total sum raised during the week. So much was sold, in fact, that after only two days the stocks were drained – he had to restock with more crates from Booker Wholesale to meet the high demand.
On Tuesday, the House held a cake sale in the old gym. Another diabetes-inducing gastric endurance test perhaps, but rewarding to the house – some £180 was raised from vending cakes, muffins and biscuits.
Some students exhibited true culinary prowess, crafting exotic cakes which attracted healthy bids in a silent auction:
Other smaller-scale events like form quizzes contributed about £30 to a final sum of £650, which shall be split 50/50 between the two charities. Even without a ‘big event’ (past incantations of which have included a teacher Would I Lie to You?, a gladiator contest between students and staff Strictly Come Dancing), which was difficult to coordinate due to the close proximity to examinations, a good sum has been raised – thank you to all those that donated, organised, assisted or contributed in any way.