House of Commons Reception
On Thursday 12 September the RGS Foundation hosted an evening at the House of Commons. The event was attended by almost 200 members of the Reigatian community, consisting of new parents to the school, former pupils (from 1945 to 2018!) and friends.
The House of Commons Terrace Pavilion provided an idyllic setting to raise awareness of the work of the Foundation, particularly focusing on the important work of the Changing Lives campaign. This year, the RGS Foundation celebrates its Fifth Anniversary of the Changing Lives campaign. Since its launch, over £5 million has been raised to date and we are delighted to announce that our 50th bursary recipient has started their transformational journey at RGS this September.
On the night, we were delighted to be joined by two eminent Reigatians: Lord Sterling of Plaistow GCVO, CBE (RGS 1945-1949) and Sir Charles Masefield (son of former Chair of Governors) in a familiar environment. This time, however, it was pleasure and not work, on their agenda.
The evening was complemented by wonderful music from some of our current music students, Matthew O on the piano and Isabelle A on the flute. We were privileged to hear memorable solos from Maddy Withers (’17) where she showcased her euphonic skill, developed whilst studying music at Oxford.
It was amazing to hear about the work you are doing and a delight to meet some of the talented children that the foundation has helped.
Thank you to Crispin Blunt MP for our sponsoring our event and making it a truly memorable night in a wonderful setting. Thank you to all those who attended. Crispin was sadly unable to make it on the night, and sent his apologies:
I very much regretted not being able to join the Changing Lives social mobility campaign event held on the River Terrace in Parliament on Thursday 12th September 2019, due to a last minute private engagement with the Prime Minister at Number 10. Whilst I was very saddened not to be able to make it due to this exceptional reason, I was delighted to formally sponsor the event and wish to congratulate the RGS Foundation for already raising over £5m and funding 50 full bursaries at Reigate Grammar School for disadvantaged children from our local communities.
(Crispin Blunt MP)