Curnock Reach 100K!

Published 20 May 2024

Curnock House celebrated a special milestone as, following a donation this month of £11,500 to Newbury Cancer Care, they announced that they have now raised over £100,000 for their nominated charity.

Dr Fitter, Mrs Hamblin, Sixth Form House Captains and Curnock Year 7 students welcomed Paul Millard (Founder and President), Dave Ormrod (Chair of Trustees) and Helen Milroy (Director of Operations) from Newbury Cancer Care to present them with a cheque for this fantastic milestone figure. Also joining the presentation was Mike Hart, former House Head of Curnock who was instrumental in establishing the charity link with Curnock House. The sun shone as the party all gathered in the school’s Heritage Garden.

Curnock has been fundraising for Newbury Cancer Care since 1987. Following the cheque presentation, Dave Ormrod spoke of the work of the charity to support local people who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. He told the students how the money raised by the school had already helped to fund the Rainbow Rooms, based at the West Berkshire Community Hospital, and of how the recent donation will further the charity’s plans to provide more of these important spaces, including a garden to be aptly named the Butterfly Room. The charity presented students with a plaque to mark the achievement.

Mike Hart spoke of his pride of his association with St Bart’s and Newbury Cancer Care, he told the gathered students how delighted he was that they were continuing to fundraise and urged them to keep up the good work and to set themselves the future target of one day hitting £150,000!

Dr Fitter said, “I am so proud of our Houses and all that our students have achieved for their nominated charities. I believe it is so important that students feel part of our community, and also that they strive to contribute to that community. From larger House Evening fundraisers to individual students raising money through cake sales or personal challenges, every penny helps and reaching this £100,000 has been a huge collective effort over the years. I hope that this achievement motivates all our students and reminds them of how we can all make a difference”