Austin Friars St Monica’s School Visit – Report


Doug was delighted to visit school and talk to such an attentive audience at the Stafford House morning assembly on Thursday, March 19th especially as it was one way in which CAN could say a big thank you to everyone who had supported the charity through such an inventive fund raising programme. Doug was equally interested to read all about the school trek which took place towards the end of 2014 – and enjoyed seeing the photo montage. But he was also very impressed with the way in which it seemed that all pupils in Stafford House had got behind the initiative and engaged with sponsored silences, cake baking and, a fund raiser which brought smiles to all of us in the office, – the throwing of wet sponges at staff members! But the event which truly captured the imagination was the night trek up Blencathra – in appalling conditions. It says a great deal for the spirit of the house that everyone was able to smile to camera for a post trek image.


Soaking wet but still smiling!

Soaking wet but still smiling!


Well done to everyone involved – all of us at CAN are extremely grateful for such a magnificent fund raising total – and with a sincere thank you to Mrs Helen Boyling for managing the visit so ably.
It seems appropriate to end this appreciation with words and pictures from Stafford House:
Thank you Mr Scott for coming to speak to us about Community Action Nepal. We know how busy you are. It has helped us to understand how the money we have been raising will be used.

We want to tell you a little about our experience of and interest in Nepal. Firstly in November a Group of pupils, parents and teachers visited Nepal. Some did a cultural tour of Pokhara, Bandipur, Chitwan National Park and Kathmandu. Others trekked to Anapurna Base Camp.

In the same month we hosted a Nepal Evening in school, organised by Carlisle One World Centre. We listened to tales of our own visit but also to a speaker from the Carlisle Overseas Aid Trust, a former volunteer in Nepal and to Deo Gurung, the chair of the Nepalese Community in Carlisle.

In a few moments we would like to present a cheque to you. Our target was £800 and we have reached it. We hope that when all our fundraising comes to an end, we will be giving you a cheque for even more.


Doug receiving cheque from the Stafford House Captains and First Formers MacKenzie Little and George Chambers

We would like to tell you how we fund raised:

First Form Stafford did a sponsored silence and raised about £125.

Second Form Stafford threw wet sponges at members of staff and raised about £30

Third, Fourth and Fifth Form Stafford organised cake sales and raised over £200

The Lower Sixth did a Buy a Square Game which raised over £100

Then just a week ago tonight we did a Sponsored Night Climb of Blencathra which raised at least £300. We hope when all the sponsorship comes in, it may be double that.

Here is a short report:

We won the House Shout this year with our rendition of “Walking on Sunshine” but this time there would be no sunshine, just walking! Fifteen pupils from the First Form to the Upper Sixth climbed Blencathra in wind and torrential rain! The climb was led by Mr Holden, member of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and accompanied by Mr Parry, Mrs Boyling and Mr Little, an intrepid parent! The aim was to raise funds for our House Charity Community Action Nepal by climbing the local fell in the dark. That was a challenge in itself but the wind and rain certainly added to the adventure and sense of achievement once we had made it!
“our Stafford spirit never wavered”, It took us about one hour fifty to reach the summit from Mousthwaite Comb where “we each in turn planted two feet inside the stone ring”. We really didn’t stop at all, as it was best not to and were back down at the minibus in about an hour. Our torches served us well but we were soaked! It was very hot and steamy on our journey home to Carlisle!

Climbing Blencathra at night was an exciting adventure and it helped us relate to the demands of a mountain environment. It was good to be raising funds for the people of Nepal who live in the mountains and understand their beauty and dangers.

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