Burns Night at Francis Holland School

Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, are one of our co-founders (it’s the school Katherine Low went to back in the day). They are great supporters of ours. They recently hosted a Burns Night dinner and dance, in part to raise money for our work. It got a short write up in their school newsletter: 

“We have to make one last mention of Burns Night last Friday. It was even more fun than I promised. Surrounded by beautiful Scottish decorations, the haggis was piped in, the chef and piper rewarded with a dram, and then the haggis ceremonially ‘stabbed’ during the Address to the Haggis (a Robert Burns poem). Usually this is done with a skean dhu, a dagger worn in a man’s kilt stocking, but it was attacked with a metre long sword, to much mirth and thankfully no injury. A delicious traditional meal accompanied by fine wines and whisky was followed by reeling to The Highlanders band, and to my delight it was a roaring success. We performed a respectable Dashing White Sergeant, a breathless Strip the Willow and a fine Eightsome Reel, ending with a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne (for old times past). Next year, try to get a ticket and experience an evening like no other.

All last week we held an online auction in aid of the Katherine Low Settlement which culminated at Burns Night. We were honoured to have the Director of KLS, Aaron Barbour, and the CEO of The Childhood Trust, Laurence Guinness, as our guests, and we are so grateful to all of you who bid for some of those fabulous bargains, and enabled us to raise £6,000 which was then matched by The Childhood Trust. So £12,000 has gone to KLS, which will make such a difference to the vital work they do in our community.”

A very BIG thank you to both Francis Holland School and Childhood Trust for their continuing support of our work.

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