£650,000 raised for new Clitheroe Royal Grammar School sports hall

An artist's impression of what the new sports hall at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School would look like. (s)
An artist's impression of what the new sports hall at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School would look like. (s)

More than £650,000 has been raised towards the cost of a new £1 million sports hall at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

The school’s alumni, “friends” of the school and parents have contributed more than £30,000 to the school’s fund-raising campaign.

And counting the match-funding from a generous anonymous donor, plus gift aid, this total stands at £75,000 plus so far.

In addition £575,000 has been donated by the school’s charitable foundation and a trust set up by a former student.

A sponsored walk, called the Walk With Us campaign, was also held recently by pupils in Year 7 to Year 10.

More than 50 members of staff and 480 students completed the 10-mile walk through Clitheroe, Waddington, West Bradford and Chatburn over a varied terrain during a whole day, stopping off for lunch at Chatburn Cricket Club.

Each pupil was encouraged to collect £25 sponsorship to help the school raise more than £10,000.

Counting the match-funding from the generous anonymous donor, plus gift aid, the sponsored walk could have raised an additional £25,000.

Head of PE Jamie Alcock said: “The ‘Walk With Us’ campaign was enjoyed by all. Students and staff embraced the fund-raising appeal with great enthusiasm and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made a contribution.”

More fund-raising events organised by sixth form students are in the pipeline.

Dr Andy Clayton, the school’s chairman of governors and campaign leader, said he feels certain that there will soon be enough funding to start work on the project at the school’s Chatburn Road site. It is envisaged that work will be carried out during the autumn term.

l For more details about the fundraising campaign and the proposed sports hall, or to make a contribution, contact Vanessa Howard at buildingourfuture@crgs.org.uk. For a campaign brochure and gift form visit: www.crgs.org.uk/SportsHall/SHCampaign.html