Staff at Commonweal School will be soon be treading the boards to showcase their performing arts talents and raise funds for charity.
The charity cabaret, performed annually since 2011, is raising money for Swindon SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death) along with former student Louise Hunt’s mission to represent Great Britain in the Rio Paralympics this summer. On the night there will be an auction to help boost funds and Swindon Town FC have responded to the school’s plea and are donating a football signed by the team!
Ali Sutcliffe, Head of Performing Arts at Commonweal said: “We are absolutely delighted by the STFC kind donation and I am sure the football will raise a lot of money. Last year we raised over £2000 for charity and we hope to get more than that this year. Most of the money is raised through the auction,”
A club spokesman said: “It was a pleasure to provide a signed football for Commonweal School. Alongside their great work for Swindon SANDS, we are delighted to help out a partner of our Football in the Community Trust who have recently launched their C6 programme at the school.”
This event is very close to home for one Commonweal School staff member.
Kirsty Driver, Head of Music at Commonweal said: “In 2010 the most devastating thing happened to my husband and I. Five days before our beautiful daughter Isobel was due to be born, she passed away in my sleep. When she was born the midwife at the hospital gave me a box full of things that I will cherish forever. I was given a lock of her hair, hand and foot casts, lots of photos, a blanket that they had wrapped her up in, her hospital bands, a card and two teddies.
“One teddy was buried with Izzy and the other is in her memory box at home. I soon learnt that this box was given to me by Swindon Sands. I didn’t look in the box for a week or so because it was so painful. But when I felt ready I held the beautiful knitted blanket and teddy whilst reading the information from Swindon Sands. From their words I grew enough confidence to attend a meeting, and from there I have found new friendships and support from other parents who truly understand how we were feeling at that dark time.
“Without SANDS I would have been so lost in those first few months, and I have leant on them for support ever since. Swindon SANDS is the most fantastic group of caring people I have ever come across and the work they do is priceless for those who go through the heartbreak of losing a child.”
Commonweal are looking for companies to donate prizes to the auction. If you can help email Ali Sutcliffe at email@example.com
Pictured: (left to right) Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson, Ali Sutcliffe Head of Performing Arts, Kirsty Driver, Head of Music and Swindon Town defender Nathan Thompson.