Ty Hafan

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small school raises big funds

After pledging to raise £10,000 in 10 months for Tŷ Hafan, students at Castle School in Pembrokeshire revealed the final amount raised… and the final number was pretty remarkable!

It’s not just Tŷ Hafan celebrating a special birthday this year. 2019 also marks the 10th birthday of Castle School in Pembrokeshire, and the students and teachers have been celebrating by getting stuck into the ‘Ten Month Challenge’ — their pledge to raise £10,000 in 10 months for Tŷ Hafan.

Just last week, after months of relentless of fundraising, I was honoured to be invited along to Castle School’s prize-giving afternoon, along with local hospice dad, Peter Russ, where the school would be revealing the final amount raised across the 10 months. And following a dramatic drum roll, the students revealed that they’d raised a phenomenal £13,011.86!

For a school that has just over 100 pupils this was a truly amazing effort, and I can safely say that this was the first time in my nine years at Tŷ Hafan that I was left utterly speechless.

I love every second of supporting Castle School, not only because everyone is so passionate about the charity, but because they have such exciting and innovative fundraising ideas. Here are some of the activities they took on over the 10 months… (see if they inspire you!)


• Rowathlon
• 10 Castle Cycling Challenge in one day
• Auction of promises
• Colour Run on the beach
• Community Day (School Fête)
• Car Boot Sale
• Icy November Dip (into the sea at Amroth)
• A local’s lunch where the children cooked for paying guests

Another fundraising idea that I was truly impressed by was their challenge to raise ‘Ten Tenners in Ten Months’. As part of this, they raised money by taking on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in the windy winter months and the musical students busked around the county — true dedication!

I have such admiration for all of the pupils and teachers at Castle School — they might be a small school in rural Pembrokeshire but their effort and determination is FAR from small! We’re incredibly lucky to have their support.

Thank you everyone!