King Edward’s School has presented a cheque to the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), for £10,000, following a year of fundraising by pupils and staff at the school.

It is the school’s largest ever charity presentation and includes a donation by KES Parents, the School’s parent-led body who fund raise on the school’s behalf, and run events throughout the year including the popular Christmas Fair.

The Children’s Hospice South West was the school’s main charity last year and fundraising events included cake sales, a Year 10 sponsored cycle ride on exercise bikes covering the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats (1350km), KES Aid Week and the annual KES Charity Music Concert. One initiative, led by KES Soul, the school’s funk and soul band, saw the music group record and release a ten track album, entitled Inconsoulable, the sales of which have so far raised over £1,000 for charities including CHSW. The album was recorded with the help of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and recorded at the Sony Recording Studio at the College.

Commenting on the cheque donation by King Edward’s, Emily Mitchard, a fundraiser for CHSW, said, “What the pupils, teachers and KES Parents have achieved is outstanding, not only through the fantastic contribution towards the work of Children’s Hospice South West, but also in raising awareness of CHSW in and around the Bath area. Being based in Bristol, we sometimes struggle to gain visibility in Bath, however, we support a large number of families across B&ANES and West Wiltshire, and by spreading the word we hope to reach more families who could be using our hospice, should they need. King Edward’s support has certainly helped us raise local awareness in Bath.”