YPI winners attend London celebration

By Poppy Duncan and Jojo Mosely, Block 4

To celebrate the completion of this year’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) competition, all the winning groups were invited to London for a party – 500+ students from schools all across England. So, on Monday evening the team which won the first ever Bedales YPI (Block 4s Claudia Rea, Cora Corre, James Forsyth, Jojo Mosely and Poppy Duncan) travelled to the beautiful Porchester Hall. We were fortunate that Paula Wiseman, a representative from our charity Simon Says, a local support charity for bereaved children and their families, could join us at the event. Through the support of our winning team, Simon Says has received £3,000 to help them continue their work. We enjoyed dinner and talks from inspirational people, such as Olivia Giles – founder of 500 miles, and Matthew Taylor – CEO of the Royal Society of the Arts and former advisor to Tony Blair. We also heard some YPI diarists talk about their experience. To finish, we saw some surprise acts perform, such as a magician called Drummond Money-Coutts, an urban dance group called Trilogy and music from some new and upcoming artists – All The King’s Men, Kyla La Grange, and the Loveable Rogues from Britains Got Talent. Overall, we had a lovely evening and enjoyed the YPI experience.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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