A local school in Clapham has raised over £29,000 for Royal Trinity Hospice from just two events.

The incredible fundraising total from the Parkgate House School’s annual Fun Run and Parents Committee Quiz Night takes the grand total raised by the school for Royal Trinity Hospice to over £160,000 since 2000.

Parkgate House School Royal Trinity Hospice

Based just around the corner from the hospice on the edge of Clapham Common, Parkgate House School is an independent preparatory school with over 200 pupils aged 2 to 11 years. The school and its Parents Committee has supported Trinity for almost two decades.

The school’s recent Fun Run brought together pupils of all ages, who went on to raise over £3,000 in sponsorship from the local community. The following month, the annual Parents Committee Quiz Night auction and raffle generated a massive £26,500 for the hospice. One auction lot included a “Head for the day” experience for a pupil at Parkgate to spend the day as the headmaster – while the headmaster, Malcolm McKinlay, spends the day in the classroom.

Parkgate House School Royal Trinity Hospice

In order to supplement NHS funding, which amounts to around one quarter of the funds they need to run each year, Trinity must raise an addition £9.5million every year.

Ben Ansell, Head of Fundraising at Royal Trinity Hospice, said: “We’re blown away by the support of Parkgate House School and their Parents Committee. It is great to see our local community coming together to raise funds that will help local people – and with such generosity too, it’s fantastic.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Principal, Catherine Shanley, Joanna Santer and the Parents Committee at Parkgate for their hard work and commitment to Trinity. We simply would not be able to continue providing free care to our patients and their families without this kind of support and dedication.”

Catherine Shanley, Principal, Parkgate House School, said: "Royal Trinity Hospice is our local hospice.  The specialist palliative care and support the nurses and staff provide to families in our community is not just appreciated, it's invaluable. Parkgate House School is delighted to continue its association and support for the work of Trinity in ensuring families can gain the care and help they need at that most difficult of times."