Get set for Perse Giving Day 2024

Perse Giving Day returns for 2024 with the goal of raising thousands of pounds to boost the school’s efforts in transforming the lives of young people.

The inaugural Giving Day in 2022 saw an astounding total of £114,229 raised to help The Perse’s bursary and community partnerships programmes with the generous support of more than 200 individual donors.

This year’s Giving Day will run from 7am on Friday 22 March until 7pm on Saturday 23 March with the aim of bringing the whole Perse community of pupils, parents, staff and alumni together to celebrate the school’s charitable work.

The event takes place ahead of Founder’s Day on Monday 25 March, honouring the legacy of Dr Stephen Perse in establishing the school in 1615 with the mission to provide a life-changing education for the poor of Cambridge.

Inspired by his vision, the school provides means-tested bursaries to enable children access to a Perse education, with one in five bursary recipients in the 2022-23 academic year having support at 100% of school fees.

Alongside this, the school also runs a community partnerships scheme involving more than 20 local primary and secondary schools. Perse students and staff work with partner schools to provide support, including pupil mentoring and teacher training across a variety of subjects from maths to music.

A wide range of fundraising activities and challenges will take place during Giving Day, which runs over 36 hours to allow the whole of the international Perse community the chance to get involved and make a difference.

Among the events is the Pupil Challenge, with £2,500 of funding set to be unlocked if 1,615 items of food and vital goods are donated by the Perse community for Cambridge City Food Bank. Collections will take place next week at the Upper, Prep and Pelican.

Perse Head of Development Erin Charles, whose team are leading the campaign, said: “We know that educational opportunities are transformative, but that not everyone can access them. Through our bursaries and community partnerships programmes, we can address this and empower the minds of young people. We hope that the whole Perse community will support us in ensuring that the school is accessible to all.”

Head Ed Elliott commented: “The job of any school is to make the future better by giving children the skills, knowledge and judgement needed to lead happy, productive and good lives. The Perse is an amazing school, and I want as many children as possible to benefit from it. This includes those children from families who could not afford the fees without means-tested bursary assistance.”

For more information about Giving Day and how you can take part and raise funds, please click the button below.

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