Friends of Holt Hall volunteers raise £370 for bursary fund
Three Holt Hall volunteers took part in Run Norwich 2019 in the summer to raise sponsorship for the Friends of Holt Hall bursary scheme, which enables disadvantaged children to benefit from residentials and day visits at Holt Hall. The team raised £370 in sponsorship.
The Mayor of Holt, Mr Rodney Smith, attended a cheque presentation to the trustees of Friends of Holt Hall on 2 October at the Hall. The team of volunteers, Mike Marshall, Brian Donovan and Andrew Verney, are planning to run again in 2020 and aim to increase the amount they raise to £2500.
Since 2015, the Friends of Holt Hall Bursary fund has supported 220 children, with 85 children benefitting in this academic year alone. The bursary enables disadvantaged students in schools and young people’s groups to access Holt Hall’s high quality residential and day visit experiences which help with personal development and stimulate an interest in the environment. Pupils who struggle in the classroom often thrive in the outdoor learning environment. Schools have commented that some children wouldn’t have these opportunities without the bursary and their time at Holt Hall improves confidence, resilience and well-being.
Friends and volunteers also raise money throughout the year by running a café at Holt Hall open gate events. The next event, Witches and Wizards at the Hall, is on Sunday 20 October from 10:00 to 15:00 and includes woodland trails, crafts and campfire cooking.
You can find more information about the Friends of Holt Hall Bursary at www.holthall.org.uk/fohh/