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Sensational Sevenoaks School supports Wooden Spoon

On Saturday 3rd December staff, pupils and parents Sevenoaks School in Kent came together to raise £2,000 for Wooden Spoon.

Timed to coincide with the last, home 1st XV rugby fixture of the season, over 300 Sevenoaks pupils from the school rugby and hockey teams purchased the charity playing socks, making a donation to Wooden Spoon in the process.

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Reflecting on the school’s achievements Shaun Holden from Sevenoaks School said, ‘At Sevenoaks School we aim to develop rounded young people who are fully prepared to go on and make the most of their lives. Our pupils are very fortunate so engaging in charitable activity such as this is a very important life lesson. I am proud but not at all surprised with the energy and enthusiasm of our pupils who have grasped this opportunity with both hands. The simple act of wearing the Wooden Spoon socks will help Wooden Spoon support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage in the region.’

Wooden Spoon Director of Rugby and Community Investment, Jai Purewal added, ‘Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, we fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since our founding in 1983, we’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.

“We are so grateful to everyone at Sevenoaks School for supporting Wooden Spoon. Who would have thought that the simple act of buying and wearing charity socks could capture people’s attention and raise a fantastic amount to support those who need our support. We very much hope that other schools follow Sevenoaks’ example and get involved.

“We are inspired by our rugby roots. Passion, Integrity, Teamwork and Fun drive everything we do and together we can to change the lives of children who need more support.”

Holden added, “Working with the team at Wooden Spoon has been great. The school day is busy enough so to have something that is easy for us to roll out and that can raise enough funds to make a real difference is fantastic. For me the real ‘jewel in the crown’ in working with [Wooden] Spoon is that our pupils will be invited to go and see local Wooden Spoon projects. This completes the loop on this activity and allows the pupils to see what their efforts have achieved. We are already planning what to do next year!”

For more information on how your school can support Wooden Spoon visit this page or call 01252 773720.