Former pupils of Kingdown School in Warminster, Wiltshire, gathered at the school to remember friends who had passed away. The group collected donations for a memorial to school friendship, raising £200 to be divided between CLIC Sargent and Dorothy House Hospice.
The gathering of ex-pupils, who all started at the school in 1977, was for their collective 50th birthdays this year.
During and since the end of their schooling, 12 friends have died including Paul Tidey, who passed away in 1980 as a student. He and his family were supported by CLIC Sargent. The group collected donations for a memorial to school friendship.
Former classmate, Andrew Frostick, now a member of the school’s teaching staff, coordinated the fundraising. He was delighted to receive donations towards the memorial from all over the world.
School friendship memorial
Andrew said: “It has been an amazing response. We have received enough money to create a permanent reminder to lost friends in the school memorial garden.
“We have been able to buy a box tree in a hardwood planter with the inscription ‘School friends are forever’, and a brass plaque dedicated to those ‘lost, but still loved and remembered’.
“In the coming weeks, over 200 daffodil bulbs and pansies will be planted by the Gardening Club around the school gardens – one for each pupil in our year group.
“We have also raised £200 which will be divided between the charities Dorothy House Hospice and CLIC Sargent – who gave support to Paul and his family.”