We have some great Friends of Davenies news for you to start the school year on a high!
Drum roll please….
The invoices are all in, the accounts drawn up (thank you very much Liz David)
and we are delighted to announce that last year’s fundraising totalled a staggering of £45,356.26!
The main fundraiser being the Gatsby Ball, which alone made a profit of £40,220.61, but not to forget all our other fundraising events throughout the year – bacon butties, discos, quiz night, race night, toffee apples at Halloween, the panto, mug sales, Northbrook gift wrap.
FOD’s primary aim is to bring the school together for fun events and it is amazing to see that we have raised such a sum of money in the process. So, a massive thank you to all of you for your support for these events and in particular to the parents and wider community for offering such fabulous prizes for the Ball and your generosity on the night.
It is the boys, through debate in the School Council (which is made up of elected representatives from each class years 3 to 8) who choose the external charities for FOD to support each year. The charities chosen last year (along with Friends of Davenies itself) were:
- South Bucks Hospice (supporting patients locally with life-threatening diseases)
- Sparks (children’s medical research charity)
- Tiggywinkles (wildlife animal hospital)
We will be reporting on the precise donations, which will be presented by the boys to these charities. In addition the newly elected school council will meet over the next few weeks to choose the new charities for the coming year.
Many of you may not realise, that Davenies is itself a charity and not a profit -making organisation. The monies we raise for the school are allocated by FOD trustees to fund projects pitched by the school, which would not be covered by school fees and which we judge will enhance the learning experience of the boys and the wider community that use the facilities at Davenies.
We’re pleased to report that last year, amongst other things, we were able to contribute towards: the artificial cricket wicket; to buy the barbecues used at the summer fair and other events; to buy fun pool equipment such as large floats; Davenies mugs for match teas; kitchen equipment including mixers for the newly created boys’ kitchen; servicing of the hand bells and cricket equipment for the cricket tour to Grenada which was donated to the local Grenadian schools.
Going forward, please keep an eye out for communications via parentmail /the newsletter/ Davenies website, where we will keep you updated on the new charities and how the monies raised are being spent. We have many events planned for this year and we would love to see you there!
Best wishes and thank you again for your support
Friends of Davenies
Ann Tennant, Alison Andrews, Sophie Casey, Mel Barrett, Darren Baggett, Karen Prosser, Deborah Battersby, Sally Gallagher, Una Moore