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Here are our most recent fundraising success stories. They have been forwarded to PTP by past workshop delegates who have taken up the offer to share their successes with others. Some are just short 'snippets' of good news while others provide extended details which you can access via the free Acrobat Reader available from


Nicola Matthews, Fundraising, PR and Marketing Manager, Birkenhead High School Academy


I just thought I would give you an update on a bid we have just been successful with. I applied for funding to send a group of pupils on a residential to Arvon in Shropshire to take part in a writing for radio course. Unfortunately competition was very high and we were unsuccessful, however, a couple of weeks ago I got a phone call to say another school had applied for funding to the John Thaw Trust, had been successful and had then dropped out (??!). Our application form was passed to The John Thaw Trust by Arvon and we were successful and selected to take the other schools place.
'Set in the beautiful surroundings of Shropshire, in the playwright John Osborne's house, The Hurst, the sixteen students and two accompanying teachers from Birkenhead High School Academy will work as a group - they will be the only students on the course that week and therefore have the run of the place - embarking on a series of group writing tasks in the mornings, and they will then have one-to-one sessions in the afternoons with guest authors whose names will be confirmed as soon as possible. Arvon's philosophy is that all students and staff cook the evening meal together and share their writing in the evenings. The writing workshops in the mornings for this cohort of very able students will be designed for them to learn specifically about writing for radio, whilst a variety of other fiction will be explored in the afternoons.'
The funding also covers return transport to Arvon. The funding to cover the whole project is just under £13,000!!


Tier Abbass Thrapston Primary School


Last weekend, our PTA ran the Thrapston Winter Wonderland Experience. Alongside our annual school Christmas Fair, this year's event was extended over the whole weekend and included a temporary ice rink set up on the playground and a visit from two of Santa's reindeer. We opened up the school to the local community in a way that hasn't ever happened before and the feedback from children, parents and staff has been amazing.
Both the ice rink and the reindeer were funded by a £6k grant from National Lottery, which we would never have considered before attending the course.
Thanks for helping to point us in the right direction and raise the aspirations of what can be achieved.


Sue Parkin School Business Manager, Hampton Hill Primary School


I have had some fundraising successes:-

£600 - EMI - Musical Instrument purchase
£600 - Ernest Cook - Musical Instrument purchase
£1,600 - Ernest Cook - Hen project
£20,000 - awaiting a decision for an outside classroom (fingers crossed)


We are always pleased to hear of successful funding bids achieved by past PTP workshop delegates and we would like to share their successes. Their achievements highlight the extensive range of funding that is available and what is possible with the right approach.

If you are a past delegate and you have a story to tell please complete the form on the Contact Us page or email

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