18th October 2019 — The charity was set up in memory of Jemima, who died from a brain aneurysm in 2012, to help young people with brain injuries.
A total of £10,344.70 was raised by pupils through a range of activities including a Lip Sync Battle, a Runathon, a Boules competition, bake sales and “mufti” days for pupils. Large contributions also came from sponsorship of those pupils who took part in the gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race at Easter.
Jane Hubbard, Head of Charities, Dauntsey’s, said:
“We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the Jemima Layzell Trust – pupils, staff and parents – and are delighted to have been able to raise such a fantastic amount for this important charity.”
Each September, the School community votes to adopt a charity for the forthcoming academic year. In the past ten years, Dauntsey’s has raised almost £236,000 for a variety of good causes.
The charity chosen for the new academic year (2019/20) is The Verunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area, and the local men and women risk their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the Park’s exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.
The Park is also committed to supporting local communities and has a vision for responsibly harnessing the Park’s natural resources to create new opportunities for the four million people that live close by.