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Solihull School

Solihull School

Supporting Sri Lanka

Supporters of our Prep School Charity Week have raised over £10,000 for the benefit of children from some of Sri Lanka’s poorest families.

Our annual fundraising event, which took place in October, saw Solihull Prep pupils and staff participate in five days of fun activities including a staff dodgeball match, a book sale, a movie afternoon, a talent show, and a non-uniform day. A highlight was the tuckshop takeover where J4 pupils set up in the Warwick Road campus Refectory to sell breaktime treats to Senior School pupils. Throughout the week, pupils were invited to donate or make a purchase at one of the sale sessions.

This year’s incredible total will go towards a paediatric wing off the coast of Jaffna.

Mark Penney, Head of the Prep School, said: "Our Charity Week is a hotly anticipated event in the school calendar and, once again, with remarkable support of staff and parents, and the children's boundless energy and enthusiasm, we have raised a huge amount.

“We have spearheaded charitable initiatives in Sri Lanka for several years, and with the support of two wonderful charities, Assist RR UK and IMHO USA, we have implemented a wide array of projects. A Base Hospital already exists on Kayts Island and has proved indispensable in serving both its impoverished island community and the wider population. However, whilst it has only very recently recruited a paediatrician, it doesn’t yet have adequate paediatric facilities, despite serving a dependent population of over 68,000.”

This year’s fundraising target is £100,000 which will be raised via the return of Team Solihull, who will undertake another walking challenge in January 2024, Solihull’s Sri Lanka Virtual Misson and other school initiatives