Record for Prep Charity Day

Pupils at the Prep had a very special guest on Wednesday 3 June when Tansy, a pony from Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs, visited along with Deborah Hall.

The Trust had been chosen as one of four charities to benefit from money raised by the Prep’s annual Charity Day.  The day raised over an amazing £9,000 which will also benefit a second local charity, Epping Forest Sportability Club which meets at Oakview School, as well as the African Children’s Choir, which visited the School in the autumn, and the Nepal Earthquake Fund.  Chigwell Riding Trust plans to use the money from Bancroft’s Prep to buy a new horse and Claude, who is reported to have a “kind eye”, is currently on a month’s trial to see if he is suitable for the Trust’s riders.

During the day pupils were encouraged to raise money through sponsorship; Prep 1 and 2s were challenged to row the length of Lake Victoria (where the African Children’s Choir, has a boarding school).  Alphas and Betas did their bit by running the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest.  In the afternoon, Prep 1 and 2s organised a colourful and well supported fair with lots of stalls and competitions (including a popcorn stall,  guess the weight of Lucy the giant tortoise, cake stalls, craft stalls, face painting and soaking teachers!)

“The children worked hard and enthusiastically to raise funds for these fabulous charities which help disabled local children and children worldwide.  I am immensely proud of their efforts in raising a record sum by this annual event.”

Joe Layburn, Prep Head


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