At Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep, charity and community are very important to us. Boys are always taught the importance of being mindful and sensitive to community issues and encouraged to lend a hand wherever they can.
Last year, in keeping with their Christmas tradition, the Senior Choir continued to develop its local reputation for spreading good cheer by performing in the Belgravia Christmas Sunday. On that day, Elizabeth Street is turned into a Christmas market with a stage and entertainment from around London. Our boys, who looked the epitome of Christmas in their red and green uniforms, sang a selection of well-known carols that brought merriment and cheer to the festive crowds.
In addition, the boys of Year 3 and the Junior Choir went carol singing in Sloane Square to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital Breast Cancer Department. This is always a jolly event with the teachers joining in. We raised a good sum for our busking efforts. Not bad for less than an hour’s work!
The Roaring Twenties
Sometimes the parents decide to join in the fun too. One special event in 2017 was a charity fundraising event, The Roaring Twenties, at Claridge’s, ably organised by two of our mothers. It was a wonderful evening and we raised a staggering £150,000. The beneficiaries are Borne and the Giving Tree Foundation.
Jeans for Genes Day
This year also got off to a great start. Friday 21 September was Jeans for Genes Day and the children wore jeans instead of their shorts or long trousers with their school shirt and blazer for a donation to charity. Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, a national charity that supports individuals and families.
For Harvest Festival each year we support the charity The Passage, which runs London’s largest voluntary-sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people. They help up to 200 men and women every day. As usual, Belgravia Pre-Prep parents and boys rallied with a generous donation of non-perishable food items such as tinned fish, tinned hot dogs, tinned soups, casseroles and stews, tinned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, tea, coffee, shaving foam and new socks.
Boys are taught that being kind and generous to others is essential in life. Those character traits are developed by giving back where they can, and the boys are always so pleased and excited to help.