Donor Reception 2019
On 11th May we welcomed over 70 guests to our Founders' Weekend Donor Reception which gave the School community an opportunity to thank alumni, parents and friends for the difference they are making – including the library appeal, the Centennial Fund for bursaries, and our Annual Fund designed to enhance the pupil experience. The reception was held in the main entrance of the School with a specially lit up foundation stone and inscription detailing the philanthropic history of the School laid by the Royal Hospital School Association in September 1933.
The event was hosted by the Headmaster who welcomed guests and outlined the School's vision for fundraising and passion for maintaining a living connection to our charitable origins. Mr Lockyer noted that it was nearly 100 years ago that Gifford Sherman Reade, with encouragement from his great friend, Agnes Weston, pledged his Holbrook estate to the educational mission of 'improving navigation'. The Headmaster commented "the move from Greenwich to Holbrook, made possible by this extraordinary act of philanthropy, has so far benefited more than ten thousand children".
Newly appointed Governor Mr. Paul Torrington also spoke and thanked everyone who had contributed to the successful library appeal, the Annual Fund and Friends of Music. However, it was on the theme of bursaries, an area of utmost importance to the founding principles of the School, that Mr. Torrington invited pupil Olivia K to speak.
Olivia, who is supported by the Greenwich Hospital Seafarers' Bursary, gave the most compelling speech of the evening. Olivia thanked those present and noted that the majority of people in the room had contributed in some way, however big or small, to enabling students whose families are less able to afford outstanding education for their children, to attend such an excellent school as RHS, "me being one of them" she added. Olivia went on to outline the RHS experience "ever since I arrived at RHS, I have embraced nearly every opportunity available to me. I am a house prefect, completing my Gold duke of Edinburgh's award, a member of Model United Nations and a writer for the school's blog. I am also on the library council, contributing ideas to the development of the new library, also funded by many of you in this room".
The evening was also an opportunity to circulate the 2018/19 Donor Report.