Treloar’s recently held a ‘Heroes and WOW’ week to raise much needed funds for the purchase of a brand new coach. Both staff and students were challenged to fundraise throughout the week and on the Friday the High Sheriff of Hampshire joined in the celebrations to announce the grand total and see everyone dressed as their favourite hero.
Fundraising challenges ranged from guess the weight of the cake competition, soap selling superstars, a sublime science workshop, a flipping fantastic Pancake Race, a Lucky Dip Tombola, a head shave, lots of scrummy cake sales, two unlucky members of staff being cream-pied, a balloons for the bus release, an Antony and Cleopatra performance, obstacle races, raffles, relays, sponsored trike and scooter rides, car washing, caricatures, a sponsored sing-a-thon and much more!
The monies raised will go toward the purchase of a state of the art coach. No young person should be restricted by their circumstances and transport is absolutely vital for the students to travel off campus and get out and about. The new coach is 12.5m long and will be able to transport up to 11 students in electric powered wheelchairs, 15 passenger seats for staff and ample storage space below. This means that larger groups of students can all go out together in the one vehicle, whether on a class trip or at the weekend for enrichment activities. It will cost £245,000 to purchase but Treloar’s is already over halfway there with pledges and donations.
Head of Fundraising Jon Colville is delighted with the amount raised, “It was just a fantastic week. All charities are feeling the pinch at the moment so to have our staff and students so enthusiastically support the coach appeal was such an emotional and humbling experience. The wonderful community spirit will last in my memory.”