Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen! While Santa’s reindeer may be long gone for another year, their lasting effects from one event at school will be felt for some time to come, as it was confirmed this week that the Thames Hospice Reindeer Run which took place at St George’s School Windsor Castle last year raised a staggering £8,230 for the charity.
More than 180 children from Years 3-8 braved the cold and damp weather to take part in the sponsored cross-country run on Thursday 7 December. Students were able to elect from three different distances ranging from 2.5km to 5km around Windsor Castle’s Home Park Private, where the school’s playing fields are located. The participating children collected money from family and friends in recognition of their efforts.
“It was a tremendous feat,” said Patrick Wright, Director of Sport at St George’s School Windsor Castle. “The children put in an incredible amount of effort, in spite of the weather, to raise this incredible sum for a very worthwhile cause. Our sporting values of leadership, teamwork, honesty, enjoyment and the pursuit of excellence were all very much in evidence on the day.”
The sum raised by St George’s School Windsor Castle made up over a fifth of the total collected through the event overall, with participating schools raising £38,766 in total – enough to fund a nurse at the Hospice for a full year.
“We are so grateful for the support of St George’s School Windsor Castle,” said Layla Pipe, Senior Community Fundraiser at Thames Hospice. “The funds raised makes a real difference to the care we can offer our patients and their families and enables us to continue to provide our services free of charge to people in the local community.”
The school’s involvement in the event is the latest in a series of activities in support of the charity. Last year, Year 6 students from St George’s School Windsor Castle spent the morning at the Thames Hospice facility on Windsor Road in Maidenhead. doing arts and crafts with patients and their families, as well as working with Hospice staff to brainstorm and plan possible future fundraising activities. The children then held a concert in the Hospice’s cafe overlooking Bray Lake.
“We look forward to continuing to find ways to support Thames Hospice moving forward,” confirmed Richard Wilson, Partnerships Lead at St George’s School Windsor Castle. “Further concerts, fundraising and more visits from our children as part of their active service days are already in the planning.”