To mark the School’s 90th anniversary, it was decided to focus on one charitable fundraising cause for the year. St Martin’s School in Northwood likes to support local causes and as heart disease affects many in the school community, they approached Harefield Hospital who suggested the creation of a Healing Garden for the Acorn and Oak wards, now known as the St Martin’s Garden.
After organising collections at Christmas events, a general knowledge quiz, a cake sale, obstacle races, and talent competitions the grand sum of £12,600 was raised.
The School has been delighted to strengthen its links with the Hospital with visits by Tracey Baker, Head of Transplant Administration, as well as Desiree Zimmerman from the fundraising department. Nicholas Hunt kindly agreed to be the guest speaker and present the prizes at our Speech Day in July 2013 which was a very fitting way to end the school year.
On 8 October Gill Buckley, the School’s charity co-ordinator, and David Tidmarsh, the Headmaster, visited the Garden with some of the pupils, to hand over the cheque and plant daffodil and crocus bulbs ready for the spring. The Headmaster said ‘The boys have enjoyed taking part in the many fund-raising events, knowing that it was all in aid of a good cause. We are thrilled that we have been able to help Harefield Hospital and add a much-needed area for patients, their visitors and the staff. We hope that they can enjoy it all year round, and see the many changes that will take place each season.”
Nick Hunt, Director of Harefield Hospital said:
“Funding from St.Martin’s School has enabled us to transform a previously neglected space into a beautiful garden that can be appreciated by the hospital’s patients, staff and visitors alike. We are really grateful to the boys of St. Martin’s for their generous support and hard work in fundraising for us”.