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Hardship Fund Appeal is launched

Tim Curtis, Foundation Chair, has launched an appeal for the Hardship Fund. Gifts will be used to keep pupils at RGS by assisting with fees for families facing financial challenges due to Covid-19.
Pupils celebrating their achievements - we wish for all pupils to have this opportunity
Pupils celebrating their achievements - we wish for all pupils to have this opportunity

The School is working with RGS families who are experiencing unforeseen and serious financial hardship as a result of the restrictions implemented to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak. There is a very real challenge facing some RGS families until they can recalibrate and additional support is required to help cover the school fees of these pupils. The Foundation Hardship Fund will complement the assistance that the School is able to offer. 

A letter from Tim is being sent to the alumni community and is replicated below for any alumni and friends of the School who may be in a position to assist the Appeal. Donations can be made online at the Support Us page of this website.


Dear Fellow Alumni

At a time of national emergency, when so many lives have been suddenly turned upside down, I am nevertheless writing to you with an appeal for help to support our community at RGS, specifically the pupils who may have to give up their places at the School because of the financial consequences of Coronavirus.

The RGSW and AOS Foundation charity, for which I have the privilege to serve as Chair, exists to support the School and its pupils. It has been able to do this through the generous support of former pupils, staff and parents. Now our support is needed again, albeit for a different and more pressing reason. As former pupils, and possibly parents or grandparents of pupils here and elsewhere, you do not need me to explain the dislocating effect of uprooting a child from a school in which they are happy and thriving. The School is actively exploring all available means to provide funding support for families in urgent need of help; it would be wonderful if we, as former pupils, were also able to make our contribution and thereby minimise this dislocation. And it also goes without saying that any contribution, no matter how small, will add up, make a difference and be very gratefully received.

Donations made to the Foundation's Hardship Fund in response to this appeal will be used exclusively to support the school fees of pupils whose families are experiencing serious and unavoidable financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus controls imposed nationally by the government. 

Donations can be made to the Foundation online and by cheque and the charity is able to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations:

Online: at our website: https://www.rgswandaos.foundation/supportus

By cheque: please make payable to ‘The RGSW and AOS Foundation’ and send it to The Foundation Office, RGS Worcester, Upper Tything, Worcester, WR1 1HP.

I am sorry for troubling you with another concern at what is a very disturbing time. This is an opportunity, however, to make a real difference for some young people who might otherwise face a rather different future from that for which they and their parents had hoped.

Thank you for whatever support you can offer.

With kindest regards,

Tim Curtis
Foundation Chair

 

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