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Stamford School Supports Friends of Chernobyl

 The spring term saw Stamford School continue its support of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity. The focus has been on fundraising so that Stamford School can sponsor a ‘new’ Belorussian child, Danik, who will begin annual visits to England in July this year. 

Friends of Chernobyl's Children (FOCC) is a registered charity which devotes its energies to raising funds to bring children from Belarus to the United Kingdom for a month every year. Along with the other Chernobyl children who are hosted by the Helpston branch of FOCC; Danik will visit the school in July as part of his month-long stay in the country to receive medical and dental treatment.

Cecilia Hammond, who plays a pivotal role in the Helpston FOCC, visited the school in May to receive the Stamford School donation and to talk to the boys about the Chernobyl children and their lives. So far, the students have organised several fund-raising activities, including a clothing collection and a casual clothes day, which have raised money to pay for Danik’s flight to England. The summer term will see further fundraising for FOCC through a Readathon on 15-16th June.   

Helen Chew, Teacher at Stamford School, said “Our thanks go to all boys and tutors involved in innovative and engrossing activities including a nerf gun competition, a putting competition and a cocktail bar. Over £1,200 was raised in total. Praise should be given in particular to the boys of 10SLA, who were front-runners amongst the forms in terms of their enthusiasm and the amount of money they raised. Special congratulations to Tom Milner, who single-handedly managed a Six Nations Fantasy Rugby competition, also to raise money for FOCC.”