Throughout the school year, children at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, have raised over £4,800 from various events for their two chosen charities: Petersfield based Hounds for Heroes and Big Brother Mouse, a child literacy charity based in Laos.
In the Autumn term children held The Great Dunannie Bakeoff, raising money through the sale of cakes, breads and biscuits. Dunannie parents organised an Art Exhibition and Silent Auction in the Spring term, with a mixture of professional and amateur artists exhibiting alongside Dunannie children, raising thousands of pounds.
The highlight of the year, however, was the annual fun run, this year with a royal Diamond Jubilee theme, in which the children were sponsored for each lap they completed of the athletics track, either walking or running. Some children had been training for the event for weeks. Dressed in royal outfits, fit for all sorts of princes and princesses, the children showed unstoppable energy and motivation, as they ran around the track as many times as they could.
Gulf War veteran ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton and his assistance dog EJ (Endal Junior) from Hounds for Heroes and Sam Wade from Big Brother Mouse recently attended a school assembly where they were presented with cheques for £3,374 and £1,500 respectively, raised from the year’s events.
Jo Webbern, Head of Dunannie, commented:
“We are delighted to be helping such worthwhile charities and we are very proud of the children for raising such an impressive amount of money to help others.”
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.