School raises funds for charity in memory of former pupil


Cake sale (photo via Dunottar School)


Dunottar School in Reigate has been raising money for charity in memory of a former pupil, with a cake sale and dress-down day adding to funds raised from other events including a Three Peaks Challenge.

Clare Cooper, a Dunottar sports scholar, unexpectedly passed away in 2013, aged 24, from what was later found to be a rare illness, Addison’s disease.

A cake sale and casual clothes day at the school in February raised £634 towards two charities in Clare’s memory.

Heal Kids, which Clare supported, works to help orphaned and disadvantaged children in South East Asia, while Care for the Family assists those who face family difficulties and helped Clare’s parents during their bereavement.

PE teacher Elaine Pieters, who set up a fundraising page, said:

“It was great to see all the students engaging in this event whether they were baking cakes or eating them.

We are getting excitingly close to our target of £2,500.”

Back in October, £1,570 was raised by members of Dunottar’s PE Department who tackled the national Three Peaks Challenge, and by Clare’s old school friends who played a lacrosse match.

For the Three Peaks Challenge, Elaine Bambridge, Nicola Grant, Simon Manning, David McColl and Elaine Pieters ascended and descended Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.

Elaine Pieters said after the climbs:

“Clare was an inspirational student and young lady who had a real love of life and people. We wanted to do something that was both challenging and active in her memory.”

Fundraising is ongoing and, when Dunottar’s target has been reached, Clare’s parents will match the amount.

Anyone who wants to donate can visit the fundraising page.


The Dunottar PE team halfway up Snowdon in October (photo via Dunottar School)