The Royal Alexandra and Albert School Celebrates a Gift from the Patron's Fund
The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.
The School is committed to providing its pupils with opportunities to develop their wider interests through the School’s extensive co-curricular programme. Horse riding and individual music lessons are some of the most popular activities, and the gift from our Patron makes these activities accessible to Foundationers who are some of our most vulnerable pupils.
Foundationers are children with difficult family circumstances where the child would not thrive if he or she attended the local day school. Fifty Foundationer places are funded by the School’s charitable Foundation, which seeks to provide these children with a stable childhood. Key to this is the Foundation’s desire to give Foundationers the same opportunities as their peers, providing these pupils with horse riding and individual music lessons at no extra cost to their families.
Headmaster Mark Dixon said, ‘We are delighted to have The Queen as our Patron. The School’s charitable Foundation has supported vulnerable children for over 250 years, and this generous gift from the Patron’s Fund will allow the School to continue giving these children the opportunities they deserve. As a School we are keen to see all of our pupils, regardless of their background or financial means, explore and develop their talents and passions. The gift will help the Foundation to give our Foundationer pupils access to horse riding and music lessons.’
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said: ‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support the Royal Alexandra and Albert School with its valuable work. The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’