23rd December 2020 — Members of Year 12 were inspired by an assembly given by representatives of The Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) last year at the Woodford Green school. WOHAA is a fundraising competition for students across the UK which is run by the Wings of Hope Charity. It aims to provide free education for children in India and Malawi. Not only did they think that the WOHAA project was an exciting opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children in India and Malawi but that they would also pick up skills that would be useful in all walks of life. They also discovered that working together in a team brought them together and created strong new bonds. Several teams were formed including team Nebula (Vishaali, Ayesha, Chris, Nikhil, Orla and Jemima) – the name suggesting endless possibilities of a never ending space.
Team Nebula undertook various fund raising activities and learnt a lot along the way about team work, problem solving and even accounting. The team were unanimous that their most successful event was a sponsored walk along the length of the Northern Line. Chris said that they wanted it to be an interesting walk, taking in central locations to boost their fundraising and not just covering places they knew. Not all events were money raisers; some, such as a litter sweep, were to raise awareness.
When asked about the most challenging part of the campaign, Team Nebula answered as one and without hesitation “Lockdown” which really hit their morale. They had been prepared and ready for events, such as Neon Night for younger year groups, when everything came to a halt. This called for some creative thinking. The popularity of home baking during lockdown led them to create their own online challenge “#Bake, Donate, Nominate” and this baking campaign brought their grand total to £2,353.
Meanwhile Team Albatross - Eleanor, Hanna, Harriet, Karan and Sophia - established links with The Holly (a local private hospital) and were able to run several bake sales there. They also organised car washing sign-up sheet for Bancroft’s staff and sold and delivered Valentine’s chocolate hearts within school for Valentine’s Day.
They too had plans changed due to Covid-19, including an Easter egg hunt for Bancroft’s Prep School. They had also planned to swim the length of Mount Everest, but lockdown meant they were unable to access the school pool but they obtained sponsorship for running, swimming and cycling 50km between them instead. It was this last activity which clenched them the Sports Award.
Nebula had just three days to prepare for the semi-finals, which should have been held in the Houses of Parliament and the replacement Zoom call was definitely not as glamorous! As Overall Runners-Up the members of Team Nebula should get to go to India where they will join with the winning team to teach in schools in Chennai. Sadly this exciting trip will need to wait until conditions are again safe. In the meantime Team Nebula “are all looking forward to continuing our involvement with WOHAA as volunteer mentors for future participants.”