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Royal Masonic School raise over £17,000 for SANE #GirlPower
Added: 11th May 2018

Girl school raises over £17,000 for SANE!

The Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth chose SANE as their Charity of the Year back in September 2017.

Since then, they have raised enormous funds for SANE by holding a variety of events, ranging from cake sales; non-uniform days; a sixth form dinner and a year 7/8 disco!

This resulted in raising the huge donation of £17,215.86!! This will help support and train 17 new volunteers here at SANE.

The charity committee have been absolutely phenomenal in their planning and have shown great passion over the year to help raise awareness of mental health.

‘I am so proud to be able to say that we have raised £17,215.86 for SANE which does such phenomenal work for a worldwide issue which affects every single person in some way.  I truly believe that the girls at school have benefited from this experience as they know they are able to talk openly about their own problems, knowing that there will always be support available.  I have found the experience more than I could have imagined and has really opened my eyes to how much still needs to be done to support those with mental health issues and the difference this donation will help SANE to make an even bigger difference to those directly and indirectly affected by mental health.’

Elizabeth Whittaker – Head of Charity

We were so excited to have raised such a large sum for SANE and to be able to support the crucial and in many cases life changing work they do.  Charities like SANE promote issues about which we feel it is important that girls in our school are aware, and we are so proud that our donation will help support seventeen new volunteers for the charity.’

Caitlin Finnan – Head of Charity

Not only did the students fundraise, but the staff at RMS also showed great support.

Mrs Hester Eccles ran the London Marathon for SANE in an amazing time of 5 hrs 40 mins! Her husband’s company were also very generous and donated a sum of money toward the final amount.

‘Despite finding both the preparation and actual 'running' of the Marathon one of the hardest experiences of my life it is nothing compared to what so many people around the world have to endure with regards to coping with mental health issues and so I would run a marathon time and time again if I thought it would help ... although maybe not quite yet!’

Hester Eccles – teacher at RMS

Headmaster, Mr Carson, also sang words of praise for the girls.

‘I am full of admiration for the way in which our Deputy Head Girls have championed the school charity this year, showing huge amounts of commitment, and giving up time to ensure that events run smoothly as well as supporting younger students in their own fundraising endeavours.  The girls set themselves a stretching target and I am delighted that their hard work, and the generosity of every member of the RMS community, have together meant that we have raised such a huge amount for such a worthwhile cause.’

Headmaster Mr Kevin Carson

We are so grateful to all the students and staff at RMS for their amazing work and efforts in helping change mental health for good. Your passion and drive is truly inspirational and we cannot thank you enough!

‘Everyone at RMS are so proud of their achievements so thank you for recognising them as your Star Fundraisers!’

Melissa Knight – teacher at RMS 

Look out for the photos on SANE’s Twitter and Instagram.

If you have been inspired by this story and would like to fundraise for better mental health, we'd love to hear from you! From fun run to marathon, quiz to karaoke, there's an idea to suit everyone. Email fundraising@sane.org.uk or call 0203 805 1790.

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