Just when we thought that we couldn’t be more impressed by our boys, even more of them uploaded the wonderful activities they have undertaken to make a real difference to their communities as part of our ‘Make an Impact’ challenge during lockdown.

Henry Whitfield (Y8) has been helping his dad raise funds for the MSA Trust, which supports people with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), researches its cause and is working to find a cure. Henry’s dad suffers from MSA and can only walk a short distance each day. However, he is on a mission to walk 5km between the start of the year and his birthday in April using a walking frame like the one that the late Captain Sir Tom used for his record-breaking walk. To date, he has raised over £31,000 through his challenge. In addition to supporting his dad with his walk, Henry has also been busy baking Cornish pasties and brownies for a special village church lunch today on St Piran’s Day (St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall, hence the Cornish pasties) to raise funds for the MSA Trust.

If you would like to support Henry and his dad, please visit their JustGiving page

Sam Barnes (Y8) has been busy clearing out an overgrown area of woods near his home. Over time, he hopes to impact the environment by introducing wildflowers to the site to encourage insects and wildlife. His local Parish Council is behind him to do this and are paying for seeds. It promises to be a real treat in spring and summer when the flowers bloom. His endeavours even made the local newpaper!

Harry Townsend (Y8) has been hosting bingo games for boys in the Prep School to raise money for the Harpur House charity, the SMART Prebend Centre. Each boy had to donate £2 to enter, and games took place online on Friday lunchtimes. Harry had hoped to raise £200 but raised close to £900, thanks to the school community’s kindness and generosity. Thank you also to Mr Whitbread for helping to organise the games.

Ben Long (Y4) and Thomas Mahony (Y7) both helped clear up their respective local neighbourhoods by clearing large amounts of litter.

Rory (Y4) and Thomas McDonald (Y3) helped to grit the lane on which they live during the cold weather to prevent their 85-year-old neighbour and other neighbours from slipping.

Charlie Tillison (Y4) helped his neighbours by collecting their cardboard in his wheelbarrow before taking it to the recycling bank. Like most of us, they all had more card and boxes from deliveries that would not fit in their bins. 

Ollie Cochrane (Y7) helped his local primary school by delivering hot chocolate and cards to the local community, ready for a whole school hot chocolate assembly. The PTA were happy for his help, which saved them a lot of time and effort. Meanwhile, George Shirley (Y4) helped to deliver the village magazine.

Jonathan Pugsley (Y4) donated lots of books to his local ‘free library’ so that other children can enjoy them as well. 

Henry van Rensburg (Y3) has been spreading kindness by making cards and bookmarks for the residents in the care home near his house. He also sent them some chocolate biscuits to have with their tea. Kuba Kopec (Y3) decided to send uplifting messages and sweets to his neighbours to brighten their day on Wednesday, 7 February: Random Acts of Kindness Day. Joseph Lucas (Y5) took time out to put pen to paper and write to his Grandma to make her day.

George Millar (Y6) set himself the challenge of running 5k every day for 14 days to raise funds for The Captain Tom Foundation. So far, he has raised over £1,200. If you would like to support George, please visit his JustGiving page.

Joshua Edmondson (Y5) ran or cycled every morning in February before school to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a charity that means a lot to his family. So far, he has raised £315, and you can support him via his JustGiving page

Noah Silk (Y8) is running or walking 5km a day every day in March with his mum to raise money for Cancer Research UK to mark ten years since she recovered from cancer. So far he has covered 25km (only another 130km to go!). If you would like to support him, please visit his JustGiving page.

Jake Woodrow (Y5) ran 28 miles this month during February ( a mile a day) with his dog, brother, mum and dad to raise money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer UK. They aimed to raise £500.

Harry Townsend (Y8) and Josh Lincoln (Y7) have been collecting reading books and school shoes for Cauldwell School.

Austin Reddy (Y4) made a thoughtful care box for NHS staff at Bedford Hospital containing lip balm, hand cream, water bottles and snacks. He has also been busy litter-picking too.

Aryan Sohanpal (Y7) has been baking sourdough loaves to give to his elderly neighbours who are shielding and has plans to bake more loaves for other vulnerable neighbours and NHS nurses and doctors his family knows. Meanwhile, Joseph Ram (Y3) decided to bake cakes, pack them into boxes and deliver them to friends and neighbours.

Read more of the boys ‘Make an Impact’ activities – Part One

Read more of the boys ‘Make an Impact’ activities – Part Two

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