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Posted on: November 14th 2017

Olympian Fundraises for Hurricane Devastated School

Benson & Sutton raising money for BVI primary school Hurricane disaster fundraising by sutton benson houses

On 6th September 2017, the Joyce Samuel Primary School in the British Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The school, normally home to around 120 pupils from 4 – 11 years of age, lost its roof, many windows, desks, chairs and most of their teaching supplies.

Olympian and College student Elinah Phillip, who began her education at Joyce Samuel Primary, has teamed up with members of Benson House and Sutton House to pledge to raise over £1,000 in their joint Charity Week to replace these much needed supplies.

Benson girls with tray of cakes for charity week

Benson girls with cakes for charity week Sutton house boys selling cakes for charity week

The College has a long tradition of Charity Week but this is the first time two houses have teamed up.  As well as cake sales, they will be holding Christmas card design competitions with the winning designs being printed and sold to raise money, and more. They plan to bulk buy writing and drawing materials, books and other vital teaching resources. The College libraries will also be donating books, all of which will be shipped over to the school so they can continue to teach.

Elinah said, “I was really upset when I heard the news and wanted to do something to help. We are all going through our own book shelves and will be sending old story books and anything else we think might help. I really enjoyed my time at Joyce Samuel Primary and would like to see the school restored.”

Funds may also be donated to this cause via the College Bursary with the reference Charity Week.

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