10th December 2020 — Following the death of a great teacher, dear colleague and friend, Mr Mark Pordage, The Royal School Community pulled together to raise money for The British Heart Foundation. The school wanted to do its bit to support others affected by heart disease and fund research to prevent these tragedies happening.
During the course of 2019/20, The Royal School raised an incredible total of £3,800, which was handed over to the charity on Monday 7 December. Hannah Miller, Community Fundraising Manager for the BHF, said: “We’re so grateful to all the students and staff at The Royal School in Haslemere. Their incredible energy and enthusiasm is helping beat heartbreak for good, and we would like to thank them for raising such an incredible amount.”
A huge amount of effort and organisation went into raising such a fantastic amount of money, at both the Prep and Senior School. Prep School Head, Mrs Daunter, ran a half marathon and pupils throughout both schools led several events including the Prep 5-8 disco, Just Dance, cake sales, a Christmas Star competition, mufti days, The Head Boy and Girl Charity Dinner and the Year 11 Holly Ball. Wider community contributions came from the Retiring Collection at the Carol Service in 2019 and generous donations from the Christmas Fair.
Mrs Joanna Cook, Lay Chaplain, commented: “We were staggered by the incredibly generous response of our school community. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this amazing total for such an important, and life changing charity, your generosity and kindness will go a very long way.”