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OJs Run Fantastic Fundraiser in Memory of Tom Wagstaff, for the Charity, ‘Mind’

A team of OJs & former members of TWGSB got together at Judd to host a fundraising quiz in memory of their friend, fellow OJ, Tom Wagstaff.

13 Sep 2019
Alumni News
On Saturday, September 7th 2019, a team of OJs (from the Class of 2013) and previous members of TWGSB, got together to host a fundraising quiz in the School Room at Judd, in memory of  their friend, fellow OJ, Tom Wagstaff (known at school as Waggy).
 
His friends helped raise a whopping £2,285.00 in profits to raise funds for the charity, ‘Mind,’ which works to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem; the charity also campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
 
The Quiz organising committee included OJ’s Chris Corbett, Chad Bryce-Borthwick, Jonny Briggs & Ali Paterson’ with many more OJ’s, parents of OJ’s and even current staff in attendance at the event.
 
This timely event was run just before world suicide prevention day last week (Tuesday 10th September), which encourages people to be alert to friends or colleagues who might be struggling and to encourage people to talk more. 
 
A memorable speech was delivered to the assembled group by Ali Paterson about Tom, and the audience came away with a better understanding of mental health and its effects. Photos of the wonderful evening are in the gallery below. 
 
If you would like to contribute to this cause please go to this link below:
 
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/KavlowBudapestMarathonforMind
 
Chris Corbett said of the evening, “we also feel alongside this fantastic figure, we raised a considerable amount of awareness in our cohort of over 100 friends and family, for what is a truly important cause.  As a team we think having the school hall as a venue was invaluable to making this event work, bringing our cause to remember people like Tom, all the more close to home. Not to mention a number of the attendees who were either OJ’s, parents of OJ’s or even current teachers. We even sung Jerusalem!!”
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Please see the link to The Samaritans below - if you know someone who could do with their contact details - please pass it on: 
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
 

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