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Dauntsey’s pupils raise £14,000 for Romanian orphanage

Published Tuesday 17th of September 2019 10:31:35 AM

A group of 22 Lower Sixth pupils from Dauntsey’s spent nine days in Cernavoda, Romania over the Summer holidays, working at The Nightingales Children's Project to support local children. Fundraising for the trip started in November last year and an impressive £14,000 was raised through a range of initiatives, including a circus-themed charity auction, candle sales and sponsored runs, to name but a few, as well as some generous donations from local companies. During the trip, the pupils ran a play scheme for more than one hundred local children, many of whom have difficult home lives. All the money raised goes directly to the Summer School, run by Dauntsey’s pupils, to buy the resources and equipment needed. At the end of the trip the pupils decide how the rest of the money will be used by Nightingales to help to fund longer term projects. Chris Tonkiss, the teacher from Dauntsey’s who ran the trip, said: “The Nightingales Children’s Project has been a long-standing commitment for Dauntsey’s pupils and holds a special place in our annual calendar. In the past thirteen years, more than two hundred pupils have gained a huge amount from the cultural and emotional experience of working with children and young people who are living in far less fortunate circumstances than themselves. “The pupils did a wonderful job raising money for this year’s trip and it was very rewarding to get back to the orphanage, see for ourselves how our past efforts are paying off, and decide how best to spend the new funds.” If you would like any more information about Nightingales Children’s Project you will find it on their website - http://www.nightingaleschildrensproject.co.uk/index.php Notes to Editors: Nightingales Children’s Project was set up by the current director, David Savage MBE, who came to Romania in 1992. David has since settled in Romania and, in 2003, was awarded an MBE in recognition of the work he has done to highlight the plight of under-privileged and vulnerable young people in Romania. For further information about Dauntsey’s School, go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Dauntsey’s@DauntseysSchool. ENDS
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