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Upper School Bursaries Appeal 

25 of the 175

young people who joined Latymer on a bursary in September 2018 are supported by donors to the annual Bursaries Appeal

Launched in 2005, this annual appeal has so far financed the education of 42 young people (25 of whom are currently studying at Latymer whilst a further 17 have gone on to university or employment). This extraordinary success is the result of many hundreds of gifts from all sections of the Latymer community: Latymerians past and present and their families, current and former staff and Governors, and friends of the School.

The Bursaries Appeal does not necessarily ask for large donations, in fact the majority of gifts are relatively small. What is really important is that many of them are regular gifts made by Direct Debit which means we can plan for the following academic year with confidence.

We really appreciate each and every gift and you can be certain that 100% of your donation is applied to funding bursaries for young people who could not otherwise dream of attending Latymer.

To find out how you can get involved with the Bursaries Appeal, either as a donor or a volunteer, contact Appeals Manager, Rebecca Osborne.

Co-Chairs & Volunteers

Without the support of parent and alumni volunteers, the annual Upper School Bursaries Appeal could not function

We are incredibly grateful to those who contribute by donating their time and energy, whether by helping to run events, offering their advice and expertise, or volunteering in the Foundation office by stuffing envelopes and signing appeal letters to their peers.

 The Co-Chairs of the Bursaries Appeal are:

  • Emily Goldfischer (parent of y8&10)
  • Christine Gregg (parent of y7 & y9)
  • Valentina Pann (parent of y9, y11 & Class of 2018)
  • Pardeep Sandhu (parent of y11, Class of 2015 & 2017)

Any Latymerian or parent who would like to find out more about getting involved as a volunteer or as a Co-Chair should contact Rebecca in the Latymer Foundation Team.

RAISE Club

Students also fundraise for the Bursaries Appeal through the student club, RAISE

The student-led fundraising club, RAISE is made up of students from all Upper School year groups. The objective of the club is to raise awareness of Latymer’s bursary programme amongst their peers and to raise money by putting on fun events throughout the year. 

The club holds bake sales, a movie night and a Year 7 disco as well as creating ‘Founder’s Day badges’ for students, alongside any new fundraising ideas, such as merchandise.

The group is led by Senior Ambassadors: Alex Wright (U6) and Clodagh Bottomley (L6), who work with Lower School Head, Amy Sellars, and the Foundation Office Team throughout the year.

 

  

2017/18 year - written by former RAISE Senior Ambassador, Rahul Brainerd (Class of 2018)

We started the year off in October by creating new merchandise for Founder’s Day - blue Latymer Foundation wristbands. We felt this would be a slick and stylish change from the blue Founder’s Day badges that we’ve had for the past few years, and for those of you that have been at the school long enough, a significant change from the blue Founder’s Day ribbons that would end up in streaky threads around school. As well as raising awareness for... well... RAISE and serving as a strong reminder of Edward Latymer who founded our school in 1624 for the education of “eight poore boyes”, it also raised around £250!

After Half Term, this was quickly followed by a successful back-to-school bake sale raising over £150! As the festive time approached, the Christmas Fair saw the return of everyone's favourite Hot Chocolate Pots and Gingerbreads as well as the highly-popular Christmas Cards designed by several students across all year groups, raising just under £1,000! It also saw the introduction of the first line of ‘LATYMERCH’ – our new endeavour, the first line of which was sweatshirts. These raised over £4,400!

In February, we held a Krispy Kreme FUNdRAISE (so many puns in here it’s unreal), in which we sold 50 boxes of Krispy Kreme Dozens and in March, we held our annual Film Night with the screening of Paddington 2 (featuring Latymerian Hugh Grant), before we ended our major fundraising activities with the Year 7 Disco #RAISETHEROOF: A Golden Time. These events raised around £1,500.

As the time of year when the Upper Sixth leave neared, we thought, given the success of the Latymer Sweatshirts, why don’t we take on Leavers’ Hoodies too? This also proved to be a major success, raising over £1,200.

Throughout the year, we have also looked to expand the RAISE banner to other schools opening up the RAISE umbrella, and we started by taking RAISE closer to home over in the Prep. The first official RAISE Prep event was the 100 Mile Challenge Swimathon which took place in June, which raised almost £8,500 for the Prep Bursary Fund.

All of these events and merchandising have brought RAISE club’s total to £17,952.72 for this academic year – which has meant that, since RAISE became student-led 3 years ago, we have consecutively doubled the figure we’ve raised each year, and have over quadrupled the amount raised last year. 

 

Last academic year, RAISE boosted the Bursaries Appeal by an amazing £17,952.72.

To support the Upper School Bursaries Appeal, please make a donation today

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