The presentation of a cheque for a staggering £153,395.51 to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association marked the culmination of a phenomenal year’s fundraising by a dedicated team of Cumnor House Sussex Mums.
Tracey Robson, avid supporter of the MND Association, together with Charlie Tomlinson, Charlotte Hands, Kate Rowe-Ham, Emily Hendin, Anna Sommers and Alicia Drummond formed a supreme fundraising team whose sole aim was to raise as much money as possible for the MND Association during 2016 & 2017.
“The lives of three of us have been touched by Motor Neurone Disease, which gave us a real incentive to raise as much money as possible over the past 11 months” commented Tracey Robson “As well as funding and promoting global research into motor neurone disease, the Charity provides vital support to people all over the UK whose lives have been affected by this debilitating illness that affects the nervous system.”
The funds raised are to be split equally between the MND Association’s West Sussex North Branch, East Sussex Branch for the support of local families, and the Head Office for the purposes of global research. Representatives from MND Association’s Head Office and the West Sussex and East Sussex branches attended a special presentation ceremony and lunch hosted at Cumnor House Sussex this week.
The series of events arranged by the team kicked off last December with the Cumnor House Sussex Christmas Fayre, orchestrated by Belinda Heinrich wife of the Head Master, raising over £27,000 for the Charity. In the run up to the Fayre, the pupils at Cumnor House Sussex also ran a Friday tuck shop contributing over £700 to the cause in just two weeks.
Other events organised by the team included a Curry Quiz night raising £2,000, an Art Exhibition with highly acclaimed London artist Jeremy Houghton that raised £3,500 and finally, in September 2017, the highlight of the year’s fundraising efforts – a sell-out Charity Ball that took place at Brighton’s AMEX Stadium and was hosted by presenter Jonny Gould, raising a phenomenal £120,000 for the Charity.
“I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved over the past year” continued Tracey “It has been incredibly hard work but we were absolutely determined to raise as much money as possible to help make things better for MND sufferers and their families. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you pull together as a team with a true sense of community spirit.”
Find out more about Cumnor House Sussex’s Christmas Fayre being held on Friday 1st December 2017 in aid of the Chailey Heritage Foundation visit www.cumnorchristmas.co.uk and about the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) at www.mndassociation.org.
Representatives from MND Association’s Head Office, West Sussex North Branch & East Sussex Branch attended a special presentation ceremony hosted at Cumnor House Sussex at which the £153,395.51 cheque was presented by the school’s Head Boy and Head Girl (centre) and attended by the Mums and Belinda Heinrich, the Head Master’s wife (right).