Bloxham School Charity Challenges – Feb 2018

Teenage Cancer Trust

A fundraising drive has raised £3,885 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The school focus charity last year was Mary’s Meal, but Seymour house decided to support Teenage Cancer Trust after finding that some of their boarding community had been personally affected by the work that Trust does. They came up with the idea of The Great British Challenge as a way of raising money. All boys completed a form of triathlon that replicated great British challenges and between them they climbed the height of the Three Peaks, cycled the distance of John O’Groats to Lands’ End and swam the distance of the English Channel around Broughton Castle moat!

Also a group of boys set up and ran a bingo night for parents, staff and students and the musical talent show of Seymour House Concert was enjoyed by friends and family with all proceeds from the bar and admission going to the charity. Mr Yates, Assistant Housemaster, said, “This was without a doubt, the proudest moment of my teaching career so far. Supporting the young men in Seymour to create and run a series of successful charity events has been incredible, watching the boys support each other and come together for a bigger cause has been an unbelievable experience, as well as raising the profile and awareness of Teenage Cancer Trust.” Charloge Kendall from the Trust congratulated the boys on their hard work: “A huge thank you for pushing yourselves to the limit to support young people with cancer”.

David Gower Charity Event

Bloxham School recently hosted an evening with OBE David Gower, in which he gave an ‘Eve of Ashes’ talk, in support of Banbury Young Homelessness Project as part of the ‘BYHP Presents’ series.

The evening began with a meet and greet session in the ‘Green Room’ in which selected guests from Bloxham and BYHP enjoyed drinks and canapes with David, before heading to the Great Hall. Guests were entertained with an “engaging and funny” talk from David in which he touched on his career and prospects of the upcoming Ashes, followed by a Q&A session hosted by Wellers sponsor and BYHP Trustee, Simon Smith. The evening was a huge success, with BYHP commenting that the evening was “exactly the “value add” type of charity event small charities need to do to raise funds”. One audience member added; “David Gower hasn’t changed. As a batsman, he was elegant, relaxed, classy and graceful. He has shown tonight that this mirrors his personality. A wonderful evening of humorous and thoughtful insights of some of his illustrious career; as well as surviving his Spitfire flight to tell the tale. David spoke candidly about his sporting career, a true gentleman spreading his word.”

Thank you to David Gower, everyone at BYHP and all involved in making this such a successful and inspiring evening.

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