Rags to Riches! Slumdog Millionaire – Rennie Grove Charity event success!

On Friday 1st March, Borlase hosted a fundraising event for Rennie Grove Hospice, a local charity providing support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. With the help of Borlase Sixth Formers, the event was a fantastic success, with many people from the school and local community enjoying an evening of entertainment.

The award winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was shown, accompanied by delicious Indian snack boxes provided to us by ‘Spicy Girls’. Over 80 people came and watched the film and said how much they enjoyed the evening:

“Thank you so much to you and the sixth form for last night. A wonderful evening.”

 “Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the event last night…”

 In addition to the delicious Indian snack box, many tubs of ice cream were sold by students during the interval, as well as a range of drinks and Indian beer!

Altogether, we raised over £900 for Rennie Grove, which is a fantastic achievement. This money will make a huge difference to the lives of people in our community suffering from a long term illness or families struggling to support those with long term illnesses. The charity provides support to these families by giving care each week to these families and providing them with relief. Even small donations make this possible and have a huge impact on these families. As explained by Rennie Grove nurse, Suzanne Fitzpatrick:

“We rely on the generosity of people like you to fund over 85% of our running costs, so whichever way you choose to donate, you can be sure it will make a real difference.”

On top of this, the Sixth Formers learnt very valuable life skills including marketing, managing costing effectively and overcoming challenges. The team of Sixth Formers continued to find new ways to market the event and boost the sales. This included appearing on a local radio station and putting up posters all around Marlow to promote the event.

Georgia Tuke, one of the team, said: “The whole night ran smoothly thanks to the organisation of the whole sixth form team, everyone did their part and it made the evening thoroughly enjoyable for everyone, including the sixth formers who helped on the night”.

By Isabel Murray and Charlotte Emmerson