Former students' kind and generous spiritPosted on: November 20th 2020
In our new, socially-distanced, mask-wearing society, where large gatherings are prohibited, School Proms have regrettably become a plan impossible to make a reality this year. Blue Year, the most recent Year 11 cohort to leave Amery Hill, were among the many across the nation whose Proms and Leavers' Celebrations had to be cancelled. In the months prior to this, the Amery Hill Prom Committee had been organising events, sales and performances to fundraise money to contribute to their summer Prom. As this money could not be put to use in the initially intended way, the Committee made a unanimous decision to donate the fundraising money to charity.
The three chosen causes were Alton’s Trussell Trust Food Bank, NHS ‘Charities Together’ and Broadlands Riding for the Disabled. Speaking on behalf of the Prom Committee, former Deputy Head Girl, Lorna Plumridge, commented “Our chosen charities will benefit hugely from our donations, particularly after a year of such turmoil and with Christmas just around the corner. We are so glad that we can make a positive change in our local community, and that the hard work we put into fundraising will benefit so many individuals”. Whilst Blue Year could not leave Amery Hill in the way they had hoped, the Class of 2020 will be remembered for years to come, not only due to the impact of the unprecedented pandemic on their final year at secondary school, but also due to their generous contribution to the charities.
Mrs Winch, Progress Leader for the former Blue Year said, 'Whilst we had a lot of fun raising money for the Prom up until lockdown last year, I am very sad and disappointed that the year group did not get their summer Prom. The donation to these three very worthwhile charities is a reflection of the year group's kind and generous spirit: something that was fostered throughout their five years at Amery Hill school. They will certainly never be forgotten.'