Stu­dents show spirit by tak­ing top award

School’s Ab­bot­sFriends raises money for good causes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

KIND-HEARTED stu­dents at an Uxbridge School have won an award for their com­mu­nity-minded ef­forts.

Year 11 pupils at Ab­bots­field Boys School, in Clifton Gar­dens, have scooped the Spirit of 2012 Award, given to those who demon­strate the spirit of to­geth­er­ness that was a legacy of the Lon­don 2012 Olympics.

While in Year 9, the young­sters were given a mo­ti­va­tional talk by a visi­tor from Team Lon­don Young Am­bas­sadors.

They were inspired to form the Ab­bot­sFriends and, with the sup­port and guid­ance of teacher Kerry O’Malley, started rais­ing cash for good causes and volunteering at a home for the el­derly.

Ms O’Malley said: “Over the past two years they have been mak­ing reg­u­lar vis­its to Sweet­croft care home where they spend time with the res­i­dents and par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This has been a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to en­gage the older gen­er­a­tion with the younger and the pupils have en­joyed lis­ten­ing to some of the res­i­dents’ in­ter­est­ing life sto­ries.”

Ms O’Malley added: “Ab­bot­sFriends have made a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­nity in so many dif­fer­ent ways.

“From or­gan­is­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful sum­mer fair to pro­vid­ing a haven of sanc­tu­ary to the boys in younger years, they thor­oughly de­serve recog­ni­tion for their fan­tas­tic work.”

Ab­bot­sFriends raised more than £1,500 for char­i­ties such as MacMil­lan and Free the Chil­dren, Red Nose Day, Poppy Ap­peal and Chil­dren in Need. The stu­dents col­lected their award on be­half of their school at the Team Lon­don Award Cer­e­mony at City Hall on Septem­ber 14.

Head teacher Mark Bland said: “We are very proud of the boys and their char­ity work, it shows that the young men of Ab­bots­field look be­yond our school and want to give to the wider lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It is also great to see so many boys giv­ing up so much of their own time to such good causes.”

n FRIENDS: Back from left Sam Mut­low, Liam Tay­lor, Michael Salmon and Kirean Dolan, mid­dle from left, Danny Mandla and Rizwan Ah­mad, front from left, Kal­lum Red­grave, Daniel D’Arcy and Abisan Amirthalingam

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