#SedberghGivesBack at Christmas 2023

One of the most important days in the Sedberghian calendar; on Wednesday 13th December our entire school community spent the day giving back to local communities, charities and projects.

This term we launched our Christmas appeal in support of @BritishRedCross and their mission to provide aid and support to victims on both sides in Gaza.

Massive Thank you to Lupton House Girls for all your contributions and help yesterday from St Marys Church in Liverpool 💙🎄🤗

You were all wonderful 🧑‍🎄🧑‍🎄🧑‍🎄absolute joy to have you visit and start the Christmas celebrations

Lupton House

Lupton House travelled to Liverpool and then split into 3 groups:

  • One group headed to Sefton Park Palm House to perform a musical accompaniment to an art exhibition, then litter picked to Ranelagh House Care Home where they entertained the residents with carols and chatter.
  • Our Second group headed to Liverpool College and coached 180 year 3 and year 6 pupils in athletics, netball and hockey for the afternoon.
  • The third group spent the day at St. Mary’s church, Garston where they packed up 110 backpacks for the homeless, prepared and hosted an afternoon tea and performed music at it. The girls (and staff!) returned exhausted but having had a great day. 

Lupton also raised £1300 for Save the Children last week.  

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Powell House

Powell House had a cracking day – in beautiful weather – working for the ‘Friends of the Lake District’ on their Borrowdale site. They scoured the fells picking up plastic tree guards, everyone walked miles up and down the fell side. The boys collected over 800 tree guards which will be recycled. The charity could not believe how much the Powell Boys had achieved and were so grateful. 

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Sedgwick House

Sedgwick House had a lovely day a Benrigg Trust.  They were divided into groups of four and completed four projects. Bendrigg were delighted with the help and support we have given and we will donate £400.  The carol singing in Kendal went down well- of course the weather was kind and helped enormously but the boys were in good voice and raised over £550.

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School House

School House put in some hard work, helping to make the Calvert Trust site more wheelchair accessible. The morning was spent clearing pathways, cleaning the wheelchair course and making the ground level for the planned archery area. In the afternoon, we focused the majority of our time and troops on laying the quarry waste and slate mix on the cleared archery area.

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Robertson House

Robertson House had three projects which were to spread Christmas cheer throughout Sedbergh by making and giving out mince pies, biscuits, chocolates and Christmas wreaths. They spent time chatting to local residents which was much appreciated. Thank yous have been flooding in and the girls have also received chocolates and tablet for their efforts as well as cards and messages.

In Horton the girls transformed three rooms in a women’s holiday centre that were in great need of redecoration. The family room was freshened up and the playroom was also really successful and given a jungle theme. The staff were so grateful and made cookies and lunch for the girls and staff as a thank you. Sophia Bell, Sophia Tarleton and Maddie Burnside were particularly helpful.

Year 10 along with Tilly and Flo from year 12 went to Loughrigg to ‘fix the fells’ and they repaired paths and helped fix drainage issues in a location near Ambleside.

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Winder House 

Winder House enjoyed a day outdoors at the Brathay Trust Ambleside, a charity offering life changing community programmes to children and families in need. The boys spent the entire day resurfacing the roads within the complex. Wheelbarrows, rakes and ground thumpers were constantly on the move everywhere as over 10 tonnes of gravel was shifted, logs were moved and stacked and areas cleared. Every boy played his part and all enjoyed doing something so rewarding and absolutely worthwhile.

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Carus House

Carus House enjoyed the generosity of the people of Liverpool – the encouragement and donations flowed throughout the non-stop rotations of carol singing. Shoppers young and old stopped in the sunshine in Liverpool One, to be entertained, but also spent time hearing of the work of KIND – a local Liverpool children’s charity. A combination of toys purchased and donated, as well as a cash donation is already out for distribution to disadvantaged children as part of the charities annual ‘toy bank’ appeal. 

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Evans House

Evans House were highly industrious at Ripon Walled Garden, a centre for adults with learning needs. Together the boys:

  • Chipped over 100 Christmas trees
  • Created new pathways
  • Cleared the woodland/tidying
  • Removed ivy from the wall- vitally important to protect the walled garden where Lewis Caroll played as a child
  • Helped remove furniture
  • Chopped down trees
  • Mixed cement 
  • Built a fire pit/burn area
  • Repaired pathways
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Hart House

Year 12 had a good day helping maintenance jobs at the Field studies centre in Grange. The staff there were pleased with the boy’s effort. Years 10 & 11 planted 1300 hedge row plants at Cautley, before enjoying a sunny walk back to school over the fell. The volunteers thought the boys showed excellent determination and look forward to doing it again. Finally, years 9 & 13 were removing tree guards with The Eden Rivers Trust. The boys were split into groups and the staff were impressed with their teamwork skills and work ethic. The work that the boys did would have taken 3 weeks for the small volunteer group to complete.  

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The Winder Parish (Hit Squad)

Ten boys split into a team of six and four gave back to the local community by doing maintenance jobs around the town. Over 70 hours of work were undertaken saving the Parish Council and the wider Sedbergh Community £1050 in wages.

Tasks included heavily reducing the hedge in Loftus Hill Car Park and clearing three trailers full of wet leaves from parking bays. Curb stones were reset, pot holes filled with tarmac, flower beds cleared and planted.

Around the town litter was cleared from streets and verges and the areas around the recycling facilities at spar and Joss lane cleaned. Two picnic sites were tidied, bus shelters cleared from leaves and cobwebs, public notice boards tidied and the list goes on….. A dozen sacks of litter no longer reside in the verges on the approaches to the town as well as a full car wheel, several discarded signs, and parts of a trailer.

Heroic effort by some great lads that delivered real tangible benefits on our own doorstep.

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