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Student callers raise £300k for Assisted Places

10 August 2010

(L-R: Christopher Bland, Rajiv Gogna, George Hims, James Wilkey, John Tsopanis, Joe Hobbs, Madhav Bakshi, Sam Peat, Nyma Sharifi, Ed Bentsi-Enchill, Alex McPherson, Lawrence Pardoe, Andrew Philpot)

A team of student callers have raised over £300,000 for the new Assisted Places Fund, which aims to increase the number of bright boys within the school who receive financial support in the form of Assisted Places.

Working in conjunction with the Development & OEA Office, twelve current pupils and recent leavers called over 1,200 Old Edwardians over a three week period during July and August.

The telephone calling campaign, which formed part of the school's fundraising initiative to fund ten new Assisted Places by September 2011, was a huge success.  Over half the Old Edwardians contacted chose to make a donation to the Fund and thanks to their overwhelming generosity seven new Assisted Places have now been funded.  The £300,000 raised was also a record figure for a UK school telephone campaign.

As well as asking the school's alumni to consider supporting the Assisted Places Fund, students contacted Old Edwardians to update them on activities at the school, seek their feedback on the quality of recent communications and publications and gain valuable career advice for their futures.

Click here to see which school house and year have provided the most support for the Fund.

The Development & OEA Office will be in touch with all donors at the end of the year to let them know how much has been raised for the Fund.  There will also be a special reception for donors in the spring.

On behalf of the school and the King Edward's School Birmingham Trust, the Development & OEA Office thanks all Old Edwardians who made a gift to the Assisted Places Fund.