We are delighted to announce that Saturday’s Sports Dinner raised over £8,000 for Baphumelele Orphanage in South Africa and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The black tie event was attended by alumni, parents, staff and friends of the School and was organised by Director of Sport, Dan Cook.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance has to raise £12,000 a day to keep functioning. As a rapid response air emergency service, the Charity serves a population of approximately five million people across four million acres with just two Air Ambulances. Baphumelele Children’s Home provides temporary shelter for vulnerable and orphaned children and young adults with chronic diseases and HIV/Aids and provides skills development for the unemployed.
The dinner featured guest speakers Nigel Melville, former England Rugby Captain, British Lion and now the Rugby Football Union’s Director of Professional Rugby and Sir Gary Verity who was instrumental in winning the bid for Yorkshire to host the Grand Depart and Tour De France in 2014.
The dinner also included an auction. Among the 16 prizes guests could bid for were an appearance and demonstration from international Trials Bike legend and 12 time World Champion Dougie Lampkin MBE, at a venue of the bidder’s choice, a week’s stay in a luxury Northumberland farmhouse for eight people, a number of signed sports shirts and a limited edition print by renowned Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson. The auction was instrumental in raising the final total.
Mr Cook said “Many thanks to Gary and Nigel for speaking at the event and to all those who attended and donated prizes for their generosity and for making the evening so enjoyable. The event marks the School’s sports tour to South Africa and I’m delighted to be splitting the amount raised between two such worthwhile charities.”