Longstanding supporter, Colston Bassett preparatory school, raised £220 for Aquinoe from a summer fair and raffle.
The small independent school, ten miles from Nottingham, has a roll of just twenty five children. It is noted for an holistic approach to education and benefits from class numbers as low as eight.
Aquinoe chair Jean Thompson plans another trip to the school in October to thank the children who typically learn much from the contrast in their education and surrounds, and those at Aquinoe.
Jean says: “The charity has received hundreds of pounds over the years, all of which has benefitted Aquinoe.
“I am also delighted to be able to help the children at Colston Bassett understand the lives of people who live at a much more basic level than themselves.”
School head Caroline Newcombe says: “We are delighted to once again be raising funds for the Aquinoe Learning Centre. It is such a worthy cause and Colston Bassett hopes to continue to support its wonderful efforts in the future.”
The link with Colston Bassett arose through Jean’s niece Kate who lives nearby and whose three children went to school there.
Back in 2019, £271 was raised at the Christmas Fayre and on a thank-you visit Jean produced pictures and objects from Aquinoe which helped open youngsters’ eyes to the big differences between the two schools.
Meanwhile, Jean with sister and fellow trustee Tina are busy planning another visit to Aquinoe after the annual quiz in October.
Jean says: “We are looking forward to visiting Kenya, providing the situation in the country is stable after the August elections.
“We have not been able to visit the school in Kitale since 2018 as our proposed visit in 2020 was halted by the Covid pandemic.”
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