14 December 2018, 11:05
Waterloo carols raise funds for local food banks
Commuters passing through Waterloo station were treated to an impromptu carol concert when the choirs of Sherborne Girls and The Gryphon School sang on the station concourse.
The choir, numbering over a hundred with girls and boys aged between 11 and 18, serenaded shoppers and commuters with festive favourites in a bid to raise donations for food bank charities in Sherborne and Waterloo.
Mr John Jenkins, Director of Music at Sherborne Girls, said: “The response from commuters and station staff was amazingly supportive. The whole concourse echoed to traditional carol singing and we are certain that commuters continued their journey with their spirits raised.”
Mr Val Mizen, Head of Music at The Gryphon School, added: “The pupils performed beautifully together, and they did a marvellous job of representing Sherborne town. We are also so pleased to be able to raise awareness of the food bank charities and highlight the essential work they carry out.”
Waterloo Foodbank’s Rebekah Gibson said: “At Waterloo Foodbank we have loved working in partnership with Sherborne Foodbank, to raise money to support people in crisis this Christmas. We were amazed at the generosity of the public and the fantastic choirs that made this event such a success!”
After two hours of singing, the amount raised from passers-by and train commuters totalled more than £3,800, which is a magnificent result and will be shared between the Sherborne and Waterloo Food Bank charities.
Abbey Pharmacy, the long-established Sherborne town centre pharmacy and perfumery have just donated close to one hundred and fifty items to the Sherborne Food Bank.
In August and September this year, the business ran a promotion where it agreed to donate one item from its toiletry range for every person who signed up for its monthly newsletter. As a result, the collection basket was close to full. Interest was so strong they left the basket in the store right up to the beginning of December as customers added even more items to the basket.
Said owner, Mike Hewitson, “After speaking to the team at the food bank we realised it wasn’t just food they needed. It was soaps, hair shampoos, toothpaste, in fact, a full range of toiletry products.
I’d like to thank each and every one of our customers for their generosity. The idea has proved to be such a success we have decided to leave the collection basket in place, and hopefully, with more donations, we can give the food bank even more help over the next few months.”
Courtesy of Mr Huw Thomas
Director of Sport
Sherborne Prep Shool
14th Nov 2018
Daring to Dream!
Having missed out on qualification for the Nationals so narrowly as a young team last season, our current 1st team have been determined, for some time now, to achieve their dream of progressing through the regional rounds in order to compete amongst the top schools in the country at the IAPS National Hockey finals. After a positive start to the term, the girls headed to Millfield school to challenge for the right to represent the South West at the National Finals. After a slow start, the girls responded and marched towards the final where they overcame Dumpton (last years U12 National champions) to finish as the South West winners. A huge achievement in its own right when one considers that traditionally, the South West is the strongest region for hockey at this level.
Buoyed by their success and having achieved our main goal for the term, the girls really did dare to dream as we headed back to Millfield as one of the top 20 school teams in the UK. What a day! Our girls were magnificent from the outset and despite drawing our first game, we marched through the group as winners and headed in to the knock out rounds. Game after game, the girls improved, battled and played some outstanding hockey. Through the quarter finals, in to the semi finals and then remarkably, we made it in to the final. Despite losing to the thoroughly deserving winners in Framlingham College, we are enormously proud of our girls and their achievement, Their teamwork, camaraderie and work ethic shone through as we beat some of the top schools in the UK. This group of girls have been outstanding ambassadors for the Prep School and have played some brilliant hockey this term. Above and beyond these achievements, they are impressive young ladies who we are justifiably proud of. Dreams do come true!
Chris Loder, Head of Service Strategy for South Western Railway (and old boy of The Gryphon School), said: “The choirs gave the UK’s busiest railway station a unique atmosphere with people stopping to listen, applaud and donate to charity – a winning combination. We were delighted to make this possible”.
For more information on the charities see: www.sherbornefoodbank.org
For more information
please contact Mrs Kate Cox, Marketing Manager, Sherborne Girls on K.cox@Sherborne.com or 01935 818262
South Western Railway Press Office firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbey 104 would like to say congratulations to Abbey Pharmacy for their amazing work in such a worthwhile cause.
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