Students at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover raised over £1,260 to support the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal after holding a charity non-uniform day.
The boarding school is popular with service families posted around the world and there are more than 60 students from serving and non-serving Nepalese families who live and study there.
Their families serve with many British Army regiments including the Royal Gurkha Rifles, the Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Engineers, the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Logistic Support Regiment.
The whole school took part in a non-uniform day with each student encouraged to donate £2, while support staff and visitors to the school have also been invited to donate money to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal, said: “The students and their families have been upset to see the impact that the earthquakes have had on their homeland, and were keen to raise money to help with the relief effort. The school hopes to continue to offer support in the medium and long term as the Nepalese community works hard to recover from this natural disaster.”
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School was established 210 years ago by the then Duke of York to care for the orphans of soldiers and moved, in 1908, to its present 150 acre site in the Kent countryside. As a full and weekly boarding school, it offers a high quality continuity of education and pastoral care and is popular with parents serving in the Armed Forces. Since becoming an academy in 2010 and opening its doors to all students, the school has welcomed an increasing number of students from across Kent and Sussex in all year groups.
Successful old Dukies of the School include: James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool; Simon Daglish founder of the Walking with the Wounded Charity and Deputy Managing Director, Commercial, of ITV; and the late Maurice Colclough, England International Rugby Union player.