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The St John’s School Community Holiday has taken to the airwaves, with a live radio interview on local station Redstone FM on Wednesday 11 February.
Pupil volunteer and holiday fundraiser Livvy Copeman (U6, Haslewood House) spoke to Surrey Talks host Tess Lewsey about the School’s fundraising efforts and the work of the holiday.
A week-long residential break for children aged 10-16 with a range of special needs, the St John’s School Community Holiday includes day trips, games, sing-along sessions, and one-to-one support for each child 24 hours a day. The holiday allows parents and carers a week of much-needed respite, safe in the knowledge that their children are being fully cared for, supported and having a wonderful time at St John’s.
Livvy gave a colourful interview on the radio show, telling Tess about the first St John’s Community Holiday last August and plans for the upcoming 2015 holiday. She also talked passionately about the fundraising that the School has been doing, so that the holiday can be heavily subsidised. Livvy said, “I took part in the holiday to help make a difference to those who have special needs in terms of giving them a week of independence and a new set of friends. Seeing the children again at the reunion tea party earlier on this year actually made me quite tearful – it brought back so many happy memories from last summer and I can’t wait for this year’s holiday.”
Pupils at St John’s School raise a huge amount of money throughout the year to fund the holiday, through house events, quiz nights and concerts. The forthcoming “Sleep Out on the Quad”, where around 50 pupils sleep rough with no cover on the School Quad, aims to raise another huge sum, so that the St John’s Community Holiday can continue to go from strength to strength.
You can read more about the St John’s School Community Holiday here.
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