On Friday 18 June MCS once again celebrated Founders’ Day, with pupils and staff completing sponsored challenges relating to the year MCS was founded: 1480.

Whether that meant pledging to run 14.8km, planting 148 flowers or playing ‘rock, paper, scissors’ 1480 times, pupils and staff truly embraced the challenge with a huge range of sponsored activities.

All money raised will be added to our fundraising target for our new partner primary school in Uganda, the Mustardseed School, which is due to open in 2021. So far, the MCS Community has raised over £4,400 this year for this incredible project via the 1480 Challenge and Founders’ Day celebrations, and it’s not too late to donate:

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Miss Pinching, Charities Coordinator, said of the day: “This year, Founders’ Day saw a number of awareness-raising activities and fundraising to commemorate the generosity of our founders, past and present. We raised £700 for Helen and Douglas House by wearing our own clothes to school, bringing the total this year for our local charity to £4000. We were thrilled to welcome their community fundraising manager, Andrea, to Chapel to speak about the support for children with terminal illness and their families that the hospice could provide as a result of our backing.

Later in the morning, while older pupils were out completing their 1480 fundraising challenges in the rain, younger pupils worked on making video postcards, clips of them reading their favourite childhood books, and creative responses to send to our partner school, Mustardseed. After learning more about the school and meeting some of its first pupils virtually, it was wonderful to see pupils beginning to build bonds with their counterparts in Uganda”.

"We have raised over £48,000, which will go a huge way towards funding bursaries at Mustardseed School"

Miss Pinching, Charities Coordinator
raised for Helen & Douglas House
raised for Mustardseed Junior School this year
raised for the Childhood Cancer Research Trust

“The sponsorship, along with other events and fundraising which has taken place earlier this year, we have raised over £48,000 for Mustardseed, doubled by Sir Vernon Ellis’s generous matching pledge, which will go a huge way towards funding bursaries at Mustardseed School.

The Fifth Form also raised a phenomenal amount for a charity close to their hearts – over £8000 for the Childhood Cancer Research Trust with a marathon football match and a sponsored bike ride.

Well done to students and staff involved in all fundraising activities this year, and an enormous thank you to parents and families in the MCS community who have been so generous in support of our fundraising”.