ESMS Acts of Kindness Challenge: Update

Posted on 03rd Jun 2020 in Community, ESMS

You may remember that last month, we asked our ESMS community to take part in our Acts of Kindness Challenge.

‘Kindness’ is of course one our nine school values, and it is one that is of particular significance during this time of hardship for many. As expected, we have been inundated with stories of how our pupils, parents, staff and FP’s have been helping their communities in these past few weeks.

Here are just a few examples of recent Acts of Kindness:

  • ESMS family, The Deys, started a fundraising initiative called ‘Dress Up and Dine In’ this month, which asks participants to dress up as if they were dining out, before enjoying a nice meal at home and donating £10, if able, to the Trussell Trust. They have so far raised almost £2,100 which will help to support food banks across the UK. Find out more about their campaign and how your family can get involved here.
  • Evan S (S6) has spent his time in lockdown designing a less intimidating, child-friendly hand sanitiser station for use in public spaces such as schools, which has recently gone into production with Livingreen Design. Read more about Evan’s POM Bot here.
  • Cara (P6), Nathan (P4) and their family decided to join the Virtual Etape Caledonia Challenge in May, committing to cycling 85 miles each in support of both the NHS and Marie Curie. By the end of the month, the Gray family successfully reached their target mileage and also raised a total of £435 for charity.
  • SMC PE teacher, Mr Beharrell, set himself the enormous challenge of completing 500km on his rowing machine at home in just 10 days to help raise money to support five different initiatives linked with Covid-19. Mr Beharrell managed to double his initial fundraising target and raised almost £1,100!
  • Despite this year’s P7 Challenge being cancelled, Luke M (P7) decided to cover the 56-mile distance at home instead. 318 laps of his garden, 3 x 10km runs and a total of 125,703 steps later, Luke managed to complete the challenge and raise over £2,800 for Future Hope India. Read more about his lockdown challenge here.
  • The ESMS community has together helped to raise over £1,900 by running more than 4,800km in support for the Run for Heroes campaign, set up by Former Pupil Olivia Strong. All funds will be donated to NHS Charities Together. 

We would love to continue hearing about your participation in our Acts of Kindness Challenge. Please email us directly on or tag us on social media!

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