Prep pupils donate reading for wellbeing boxes to NHS staff
March 29, 2021

Rydal Penrhos Prep School pupils donated reading for wellbeing boxes to NHS staff.

The final day of spring term at Rydal Penrhos was not only a fundraising occasion, but Prep School pupils put the finishing touches to a special community project to thank NHS staff for all their hard work over the last year.

It has been a monumental effort from hospital workers in recent months thanks to a significant strain put on them during the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone associated with the NHS deserves all the credit in the world for their exceptional efforts and pupils at Rydal Penrhos wanted to do something special for them as not only a method of thanks, but also to heighten awareness of the importance of reading as a wellbeing activity.

The Prep School council had the idea of giving reading boxes to NHS staff rooms, which saw pupils and their families donate enough books and magazines to fill ten boxes.

These also included some chocolates and hand sanitizer, which has become a popular and necessary accessory during COVID-19. Each box was fogged and packed into air-tight bags and were taken to places of work by current Rydal Penrhos parents who work for the NHS.

Mrs Lucy Davies, Head of Rydal Penrhos Prep School, said: “We hope that the reading for wellbeing boxes will act as a small reminder of how valued all of our NHS workers are.”

The boxes were sent out on Thursday 25 March, which was the final day of term and coincided with the Prep School’s NHS Dress-Up Day to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research in memory of Tim Harding, a much-loved member of the Rydal Penrhos family and the husband of Senior School Head Sally-Ann Harding, who sadly passed away recently.

Hundreds of pounds were raised from both the Prep and Senior sites through online donations, with pupils donning their best attire to come dressed as doctors, nurses, paramedics, security guards, psychiatrists, radiographers, dentists, porters, midwives, air ambulance crew, consultants, delivery drivers, pharmacists, chefs and vaccinators to mark the occasion.

At the start of the week, the Prep School also commemorated one-year since the first COVID-19 lockdown by placing yellow hearts on the school gates to remember all those lost to the virus and reflect on how the last 12 months has changed the lives of pupils young and old.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Brain Tumour Research can still do so at this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rydalpenrhoswearahatday.


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