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29th September 2021

Sharing Memories and Raising Funds: Foundation Telephone Campaign 2021

Last August saw Oakham’s Foundation Telephone Campaign take place with recent Old Oakhamians having conversations with over 500 members of the Oakham community and raising vital funds.

The callers explained the School’s fundraising projects, swapped memories, and gained valuable careers advice. They came away enthused by the many positive comments received, particularly after such a challenging 18 months.

Old Oakhamian and caller James Fairweather (’21) said, “’It was interesting to hear about people’s experiences while studying during the 60s and 70s, while also hearing about aspects of the School that hadn’t changed – some of the younger Old Oakhamians even had the same teachers as I did! My communication skills improved during the campaign and I found helping to raise money for key projects and bursaries very rewarding.”

The focus this year was raising funds for SpringBoard Bursaries and the Foundation Project Fund. Bursaries facilitate opportunities for pupils who would not otherwise have access to an Oakham School education and SpringBoard Bursary pupils benefit immensely from the fantastic academic and co-curricular opportunities offered. The Foundation Project Fund enables smaller projects recommended by teachers and support staff that enrich the pupils’ experience inside and outside of the classroom.

Development Manager, Asha Hickin, who ran the campaign said, “Thank you to everyone for their generous donations. We have also received many offers by parents and alumni to further support the School by giving a careers talk, acting as a mentor and offering work experience placements. We are still wrapping up the final stages of the campaign, with pledges still being counted. If you would like to get involved, support of any kind or size is appreciated.”

The Foundation has many events planned throughout the year. If you would like to attend an event, visit the School or make a donation, please contact Asha on ah@oakham.rutland.sch.uk.

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