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    Prep Practice-athon Raises an Amazing £7253.74!

    Charity representatives join pupils and staff for a special assembly and cheque presentation.

    Kimbolton Preparatory School Practice-athon Cheque Presentation to Muscular Dystrophy UKPrep pupils have raised an incredible £7253.74 for Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK), following their hugely successful Practice-athon earlier this year. Ms Rachael Voss, MDUK's Regional Development Manager joined Dan’s Hope charity founder Mr James McLellan, along with pupils and staff, for a special assembly and cheque presentation this morning (26 April).

    An impressive proportion of our Upper Prep pupils, as well as our Lower Prep Ministrings and Stringlets groups, signed up for the sponsored month-long event. They all pledged to practise playing an instrument (or to practise another activity, such as football) every day – developing their musical and sporting skills, while earning valuable sponsorship from family and friends.

    Muscular Dystrophy UK is a charity that brings individuals, families and professionals together to beat muscle-wasting conditions. Founded in 1959, it supports research to find effective treatments and cures for more than 60 rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions, affecting around 70,000 children and adults in the UK.

    Dan’s Hope, a family fund that helps to raise money for MDUK, was set up by Kimbolton School parents James and Debra McLellan after their son, Dan, a Year 3 pupil, was diagnosed with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy. There are fewer than 300 children in the world who are recognised as having this progressive condition – many of them never walk and some, like eight-year-old Dan, struggle with stairs, running and balance.

    Ms Voss said: “Thank you to all of the children who have taken part in this fantastic fundraising opportunity for Muscular Dystrophy UK and Dan’s Hope. I know how incredibly hard you have all worked. Research into finding a cure for muscle wasting conditions costs approximately £44 an hour; your amazing donation will fund what could be a life-changing 165 hours of research.”

    Mr McLellan added: "On behalf of Dan's Hope and Muscular Dystrophy UK I would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who took part. The generosity and support to raise such a staggering total is overwhelming."

    Mrs Sally Eddon, Head of Prep Music, told pupils: “You have all been part of something very special and your thoughtfulness and compassion have been truly inspirational. You’ve made an incredible difference.”

    Pictured are some of our top fundraisers from Years 3 to 6: Olivia Baldwin, Charles Birch, Erin Brown, Callum Daws, Emilia Heley, Madeleine Hollands, Hugo Hutton-Iiliff, Charlie McLellan, Dan McLellan, Emilia Neale, Archie McNish, Hannah McNish, Tobias Patel, Trinity Pollard-Strutt, Gabriella Prew, Sophie Prew, Charlotte Reid, Alex Sittampalam, Emma Smalley, Anna Spall, Eve Spall and Thomas Sumpton.

    If you would like to know more about our chosen charity, you may be interested to visit the websites Muscular Dystrophy UK and Dan's Hope.