ShelterBox and School bring Hitchin Head Boys together – 50 years on!
19th July 2013
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Last week, Hitchin Boys’ School held a number of charity initiatives in aid of ShelterBox, a Rotary project partner which provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most.

Supported by the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse, Head teacher Martin Brown challenged years 7, 8 & 9 to raise monies during the summer term to be able to buy as many ShelterBoxes as possible. Form groups across the school organised their own mini-events such as bake sales and basketball competitions to raise funds for ShelterBox. The school also had a non-uniform charity day and sponsorship for 2-mile fun runs.

Coincidentally, one of the Tilehouse team who supported the school on the day Tony Norgan, Head Boy back in 1963 met his successor 50 years on, the new Head Boy Harry Fowler.

Mr Brown commenting on the day said “Having seen a ShelterBox and what this could mean for families made homeless by disaster, the school collectively was keen to show its support in raising funds to buy ShelterBoxes. Jeff Torbett deserved a special mention having raised the most funds individually, £163 through sponsorship for the 2-mile fun run. It is anticipated the school will raise over £2,000".

David McIntosh, Co-Chair of Youth Services for the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse congratulated the school and Mr Brown who also participated in the 2-mile fun run said, “This is a tremendous achievement for a very worthwhile international charity. Through their efforts, this is equivalent to buying 4 ShelterBoxes to provide families with shelter and other vital equipment they need to survive after a disaster and start rebuilding their lives”.

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