It has been a privilege to be able to support charities that are local to Lambrook over the past month.

This week we had a lovely letter from Bracknell Food Bank confirming that Lambrook have donated over 400 kilograms of food, which was collected during Harvest time.

Thanks to the generosity of our Lambrook community, we were able to give over 300 Christmas Boxes to our chosen charity First Days. These Christmas boxes will bring joy to many children who otherwise might not have any Christmas presents, as well as taking the pressure off their parents for a brief period.

The Christmas boxes were filled by families during the half term holiday, each box wrapped in Christmas paper and filled to the brim with exciting presents and practical items such as toiletries, hats and gloves. The children were able to select gifts for someone their own age and were able to include a personal Christmas message for them.

It is a particularly challenging time for many families which have been suddenly forced into financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Days has received requests for 900 Christmas Boxes for families in the Berkshire area, for whom Christmas is going to be a tricky time. It is fantastic to think that a third of this need has been met already.

“We would very much like to thank all the parents and children again for their generosity, kindness and on-going support of First Days. They have helped make sure that lots of children, no matter what their circumstances are, wake up on Christmas day with something special to open and a smile on their faces” Annette Honeyball, Fundraising Manager, First Days

Inspired by a busy day of fundraising for Children in Need last week, some Year 5 pupils decided to use their initiative in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research. They used their break time to hold a ‘Guess the name of the Teddy’ competition for their year group.

Our Lower School children are sad not to be visiting our local Care Home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we hope that the residents will enjoy looking at our Poppy Project art installation, which will be on loan to them to brighten up one of their communal areas.

Some of our staff have been fundraising for a most worthy cause, supporting men’s mental health, fighting the battle against suicide and prostate and testicular cancer, taking place this Movember and Move-ember! As well as using the month of November to grow moustaches, they are collectively striving to run 600km, each teacher or Gappie running 60km. Aiming for a target of £5000k, half way through the month, they are well on the way to their target. We look forward to updating you on their progress over the coming weeks:

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