The first ever Giving Day at Felsted School raised more than £115,000 and counting with a 36-hour fundraising challenge.

Giving Day, which took place at the end of last month, coincided with the school's 460th anniversary.

The entire school community threw themselves into activities, events and challenges, while donations came from all members of the Felsted community - including alumni, parents, staff and donors who contributed funds to match challenges.

Dunmow Broadcast: The youngest Felsted pupils took part in hula-hoopingThe youngest Felsted pupils took part in hula-hooping (Image: Felsted School)

While the youngest Felsted pupils put their hula-hooping skills to the test, Felsted Prep pupils did a litter-pick around school and older pupils took part in an ice bath challenge.

Felsted's 1st XV rugby team were victorious in a tug-of-war against a team of teachers, while others raised money with a bake sale.

Money raised will go towards transformational bursaries for students, helping with the school's goal to offer full-fee boarding support to an additional 10 Sixth Form boarders each year.

Felsted's director of development Kate Love said: "From hula-hooping to bake sales, our pupils, staff, family and friends needed very little encouragement to enter into the spirit of Giving Day.

Dunmow Broadcast: Old Felstedian Jack Rye, who is a bursary recipientOld Felstedian Jack Rye, who is a bursary recipient (Image: Felsted School)

"The funds raised as a result really will be life-changing, and we are very much looking forward to being able to widen our offer of these transformational bursaries to many more Felsted pupils in the future, who I am sure will go on and do great things in the world as a result of the opportunity to access a Felsted education."


Pupils of all ages at Felsted take part in fundraising activities for national and international causes, and also volunteer in the community - including at Felsted Mission in the East End of London, where older students help out in the food bank and night shelter.

Headteacher Chris Townsend said: "We are very aware that our school is part of the local community, the national community and the international community, and we take an active role.

"Fundraising and also giving our time and energy to support others and make a positive difference is very much a part of being a member of the Felsted community, whether as a pupil, parent or member of staff."