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Launch Day Triumph

The Marlborough Difference Campaign for life changing bursaries officially launched at the College with a special Launch Day that raised a remarkable £1.3m from over 1000 donors. The amount is record breaking for such an event, not just for Marlborough but for any independent school in the UK.

Launch Day was a 36-hour celebration and fundraising challenge for the whole Marlborough community, including Old Marlburians and parents who gave generously online.

Pupils, led by the Charity Committee and House teams, ran a jam-packed afternoon of activities in Court which were shared on social media. The huge variety of stalls and challenges included a human fruit machine, an inflatable goal, chess and a coconut shy. Many Houses had stalls selling food, such as doughnuts, pick and mix, ice lollies and cakes. There was face painting run by the Charity Think Tank, an inflatable assault course, the ever popular House Tug-of-War, the Great College Bake-Off competition and brave beaks taking a soaking in the stocks. As a finale, the Shell took on the Colourful Run and everyone enjoyed an Asian Food Festival in the evening. Music was a big part of the day with many College bands performing and an evening recital in the Memorial Hall which was streamed.

It was an amazing day with a fantastic atmosphere in Court and we are incredibly grateful to every member of our community, on campus and a far, who took part and contributed to raising such a fantastic sum of money to help increase the number of free places at Marlborough.