14th June 2018 — The pupils of Shackleton House at Davenies School in Beaconsfield pulled together to organise, promote and participate in a fundraising initiative in aid of the Epilepsy Society. Celebrating the Epilepsy Society’s Purple Day, which endeavours to raise awareness of those living with epilepsy, all boys were asked to come to School wearing something purple and there were some fantastic outfits! A raffle and ‘sponge the teacher’ proved very popular amongst a number of events held throughout the day.
The boys raised £1,139.74 from the various Purple Day activities, and with the Friends of Davenies fund matching of £500, a fantastic £1,639.74 was raised for the Epilepsy Society, based in Chalfont St Peter.
Mr Edward Locke-Hart, Head of Shackleton House at Davenies School explains: A sense of service is something that we talk regularly about with the boys at Davenies and as such our charity endeavours are embraced with enthusiasm. Each House is tasked with creating and executing a charitable project throughout the year and this year the boys of Shackleton were charged with organising and rallying their peers and their families to participate in a day of fundraising initiatives.
Each year a new charity is chosen by the boys of the House, this year the Epilepsy society was chosen as a particularly special charity, close to the boys’ hearts. We are delighted to support a cause that does so much to raise awareness and support those that suffer with the condition; we hope the money raised can make a difference.
Emma Darlington, Community Fundraising and Volunteer Officer at Epilepsy Society, said: “This is an amazing achievement by all the pupils at Davenies. We are grateful for the time and commitment the boys have put into fundraising for us. Wearing purple to school for the day is great fun but the money raised will really help to make a difference to the lives of the half a million people with epilepsy across the UK. It will help to support our researchers who work tirelessly to try to get a better understanding of the causes of epilepsy leading to new and better treatments for the condition. Our scientists are looking at the genetics of epilepsy and trying to understand how a person's DNA might contribute to their seizures. It is pioneering work and the Purple Day event held at Davenies will really help to push this forward. All the boys should feel very proud of themselves.“