Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School (RPPS) has raised an amazing £22,332 for World Land Trust (WLT).
Pupils at the school selected WLT as their chosen charity from a short list of three after WLT Ambassador Emma Beckett made a presentation at the school in February 2013.
The school’s fundraising efforts have been so outstanding that RPPS has been named World Land Trust’s first Champion School and will receive a special certificate signed by WLT Patron Sir David Attenborough.
Jo Hamlyn, parent and charity representative for RPPS, spoke positively about the school’s support for WLT. “World Land Trust has been a fascinating charity for Ravenscourt Park Prep School to support. Not only have my daughters been delighted that the school raised so much money for WLT, they have learned about endangered species and habitats that they would not otherwise have encountered.”
Money raised by the school will go towards WLT’s Buy an Acre appeal, saving threatened habitat and creating protected nature reserves across the world.
Support for education and fundraising
Children’s author and another WLT Ambassador, Nicola Davies visited the school in November 2014 and spoke to 60 Year 6 pupils. She read from her books Elephant Road and The Lion Who Stole My Arm, discussed the problems of living with big animals and described how conservation organisations like WLT help save wildlife.
Emma Beckett acted as the main WLT representative, informing pupils about the Trust through presentations and participating in conservation themed activities. WLT’s Education and Outreach Manager Kelly Jacobs also attended events at the school.
Additionally, Emma played a key role in inviting luxury gift company Gift Lab to support the school’s Christmas fayre in 2013. Gift Lab sponsored a decorated tree and donated £3,000 worth of gifts for a prize draw. The fayre raised £5,000.
From the academic year 2015 WLT will be awarding the title of Champion School to schools that raise more than £1,000 for the Trust.