Girls raise over £10,000 for men’s cancer charity
As fundraising ideas go, teenage girls raising money for a men’s prostate cancer charity would probably raise a few eyebrows but when a Lower Sixth Former gave an Assembly about the work of The Prostate Cancer Research Centre, the Willis House Committee elected the PCRC to be their House charity and sprang into action to organise the highly successful Willis Variety Evening.
Nearly 200 people enjoyed a fabulous three-course dinner interspersed with a variety of different acts, including dancing, singing and comedy. The evening culminated with a surprise flash mob in which the whole year group took part in a dance routine to a medley of songs.
The evening was ably hosted by Annabel Roest and Anna Hewitt who were appropriately (or inappropriately!) dressed for the occasion in boxer shorts with bow ties and DJs. Their challenge for the evening was to encourage and persuade parents to pledge money for their favourite act. The act to earn the most pledges won a prize, which in the end went to Katherine Garnett who gave a stunning performance of the Nina Simone classic, “Feeling Good” which by coincidence perfectly summed up the sentiments of everyone in the room.
Willis Housemistress, Tara Reeve said, “It was a wonderful evening and the flash mob routine really encapsulated the team spirit of the whole event. All the girls did a fantastic job and it was wonderful to see how everything came together on the night. Our thanks go to all the very generous parents and staff who have helped us to raise over £10,000 for such a worthwhile charity.”
The PCRC develops new therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer – their immediate goal is to increase survival for the next generation of men and their vision is a cure for the disease that kills over 11,000 men every year in the UK.