Caring for our Community
Our Freemen’s pupils, parents and staff have made wonderful efforts in supporting the community. We are proud to report the following initiatives have been undertaken by members of the Freemen’s community to help support medical services, help vulnerable people and NHS Staff, in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak:
- Pupils from L2 to U6 continue to bake cakes for St George’s in Tooting, an initiative set up by Freemen’s student Gus (U5).
- The Medical Centre has donated gowns, masks and aprons to the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and are currently making wash bags and mask ear savers to donate to staff at Epsom Hospital.
- The Boarding House has donated a box of non-perishable food to Epsom and Ewell food bank.
- Mrs Anklesaria (PA to Head of Junior School) and her husband are NHS volunteers, delivering prescriptions on behalf of local hospitals.
- Mrs Humphreys (Teacher of Art) is making scrubs for a local hospital.
- Students in the Junior School have written letters to local care homes to cheer up the residents who are lacking visitors at this time.
- Mr Sarsfield and Mr Hicks in our DT department have produced their first batch of face shields which have been donated to Walton Heath Care Home. More are to follow over the coming weeks.
- Mrs Bennett (Community and Partnerships Officer) has been delivering prescriptions on behalf of a local pharmacy, and taking calls for the Community Coronavirus Care group, organising shopping and prescription deliveries for elderly and vulnerable people around Ashtead, Epsom and Leatherhead.
- Henry from L2G, has been using his 3D printing skills to produce parts for face shields to help protect NHS staff from CoVID-19. The parts have been donated to ICU staff at Epsom & St Helier Hospital and are already being put to good use.
- Old Free Tania Dymock runs a care home and was able to gather tremendous support from the parent community, many of whom have helped by donating PPE to her care home as well as with offers of meals and support for their staff.
- Old Free Jamie Hussey has been actively sharing opportunities to help the community on Classlist.
- Mrs Parkin (Head of English) and Mrs Agarwal (Alumni and Development Officer) are launching the Pen Pals project to Freemen’s Scholars this week. The aim is to support elderly Old Frees who are isolated by writing letters.
- The School remained open over the Easter holiday, to provide support for our Key Worker children, thanks to the generosity of volunteer staff.
- Mrs Cooper (Junior School Teacher) has been sewing washable scrubs bags for NHS staff, so that they can safely take their used scrubs home to be washed. The bags have been donated to Croydon University Hospital.
Thank you to everyone who has offered their help and continues to give their support to those in need.