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All over the country, independent school pupils are making a real difference to those less fortunate than themselves. As the school year draws to a close, here is a  avour of what’s been achieved...
Teenager Henry Garrard used to think nothing of standing under
a power shower - now he has discovered  rst hand what it is like to use just 20 litres a day.
Each Briton uses about 150 litres
of tap water a day. If the amount included all the products people use then the total consumption rockets to about 3,400 litres a day.
In Africa most people must get along with just 20 litres a day- the same quantity of water used in a 1.5-minute shower.
So Henry, who is a Year 8 pupil
at Wycliffe Preparatory School, Gloucestershire, decided he would raise money for WaterAid by spending three days using just 20 litres a day.
Every morning, Henry walked 3km to a spring in Chalford, near Stroud, collected 20 litres of water and walked the 3km back home.
“I carried 10 litres in my rucksack and then two 5 litre bottles in my hand. On average someone in
Africa walks six kilometres a day to get water and return home with it,” said Henry.
The water was half the 13-year- old’s body weight. By the third day he decided to use a wheelbarrow to transport it.
He borrowed his dad’s camping kettle to boil the water for 10 minutes so that it was safe to drink.
He cooked for himself on a homemade camp stove. All his drinking, cooking and cleaning water had to come out of the 20 litres.
Then at the end of the day he would use what was left over to have a  annel wash.
“The hardest part of the challenge was to carry the water and then wash in a centimetre of water when you really wanted a power shower. It felt like I was washing up in a puddle with a  annel,” he said.
“Now when I turn on a tap I think about how much water is being wasted and I make sure that I am more careful,” he said.
His project was part of Wycliffe’s annual Kirby Challenge which asks pupils to complete an activity that bene ts the community or school.
Mr Adrian Palmer, Wycliffe Prep Headmaster, said: “The ‘Kirby Challenge’ award was developed to prepare Year 8 pupils for the transition to the Senior School.
“Henry’s imaginative and dif cult project embraces the spirt of the challenge. He has pushed himself but also helped the community by raising more than £540 for WaterAid.”
To donate to Henry’s campaign go to Henry-Garrard1
Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, are celebrating after raising over £8,000 for Baphumelele Orphanage in South Africa and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The School held a black tie sports dinner in its dining hall which was attended by alumni, parents, staff and friends of the School.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance has
to raise £12,000 a day to keep functioning. As a rapid response
air emergency service, the Charity serves a population of approximately  ve million people across four million acres with just two Air Ambulances. Baphumelele Children’s Home provides temporary shelter
for vulnerable and orphaned children and young adults with chronic diseases and HIV/Aids and provides skills development for the unemployed.
The dinner featured guest speakers Nigel Melville, former England Rugby Captain, British Lion and
now the Rugby Football Union’s Director of Professional Rugby and Sir Gary Verity who was instrumental in winning the bid for Yorkshire to host the Grand Depart and Tour De France in 2014.
The dinner also included an auction. Among the 16 prizes guests could bid for were an appearance and demonstration from international Trials Bike legend and 12 time
World Champion Dougie Lampkin MBE at a venue of the bidder’s choice, a week’s stay in a luxury Northumberland farmhouse for
eight people, a number of signed sports shirts and a limited edition print by renowned Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson. The auction was instrumental in raising the  nal total.
Dan Cook, Director of Sport at the School, who organised the event said: “Many thanks to Gary and Nigel for speaking at the event
and to all those who attended and donated prizes for their generosity and for making the evening so enjoyable. The event marks the School’s sports tour to South Africa and I’m delighted to be splitting the amount raised between two such worthwhile charities”.
Pupils from Years 11 to Upper Sixth will be taking part in a Rugby and Hockey tour across South Africa in the summer.
The pupils at Danes eld Manor School, Surrey, have been avidly fundraising for different charities throughout this academic year
and have raised over £2100 through different sponsored events and activities. Amongst the charities to bene t were Macmillan Cancer Research, Royal British Legion Poppy appeal, The St Michael’s Ugandan Trust Charity for school children in Africa and  nally School in a Bag.
This last charity, School in a Bag was the fundraising focus for the year and the pupils at Danes eld. It is a charity that seeks to provide school equipment for children in Africa so that they can effectively access education with  rst-rate stationery and resources. The pupils
Pictured: Sports and Languages Teachers at the Giggleswick School Sports Dinner; The School’s Director of Sport starts off the auction - Giggleswick School
raised funds through a sponsored biathlon in which all pupils from year 1 to year 6 took part; they swam and ran different distances depending on their age. Overall, the boys and girls collectively
ran 105,000 metres and swam 24,000 metres. It was an extremely successful event both in terms of monies raised and the esteem
and unity it encouraged in the children. Mr Mark Potter, Assistant Head said “I am so delighted with the children’s effort in this event, despite some of them not enjoying long distance running they were all committed to doing their best and raising as much money as they could for something that we often take for granted.” In the end, they raised £1270, with some pupils contributing over £100.
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