Past Fundraising Events

Around the World with Coins – Ryvers School, Slough


This successful event was organised by Alice Robinson, the deputy head teacher. The school has established a connection with Busesa Primary School to ensure British children learn about the world in which they live.

With the funds raised we have been able to give the school 26 x 3-sealer desks so that 80 children no longer have to learn their lessons sitting on the ground. We are very grateful to all who participated in the event.

Orley Farm School, London – Edge Programme.


Once again, Ceri Davies, who taught Henry at Harrow, has raised funds for HvSMF. Through the Orley Farm School’s Edge Programme £650 was raised and the donation was put towards desks and chairs for the teachers, plus shelves and cupboards for textbooks, at St Mulumba Primary School which Orley Farm first supported in 2011.

‘Sure Run to the Beat’ 1Ok run


Despite a rather pessimistic weather forecast, the rain luckily held off for this years ‘Sure Run to the Beat’ 1Ok run in Wembley.Amongst those participating to raise money for The Henry van Straubenzee Fund were sisters Bella and Georgie Grubb. Spurred on by their sisters on the sideline, they were very happy to have completed the course in 56 minutes. They are pictured left post-race, no doubt very relieved it was over! Well done to Jim and Charlie who also ran. Jim completed the course in 41 minutes and Charlie in 51 minutes.

The Gauntlett family have been supporting Nalango Secondary School for several years now. in memory of their inspirational son Rob.

Louise reported: “Pretty chuffed to have got round without any walking in 1hr 20 having only started running on the 15th of May when Ollie was two months old. It was a very emotional day as I know Rob would have been very proud of my achievement. It may not have been the fastest time but I am still lapping those on the couch!

A big and huge thank you to all of our runners!

Sea to Sky in South Korea


One Mile Closer riders rode 1000km Sea to Sky in South Korea to raise funds for Nalango Secondary School, in memory of adventurers Rob Gauntlett and James Atkinson. The expedition was led by adventurer and Korean TV personality James Hooper and supported by TeaMax Adventures and Discovery Expeditions Korea.

The trip took novice and experienced riders alike from the southern city of Yeosu to Nansam Tower in Seoul, via the east coast and the mountains of the north. More information on Rob, James, and the regular One Mile Closer rides can be found on

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The Tiffany & Co. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2015


On Saturday 11th July 2015. this prestigious event took place at the Watership Down polo field, on the beautiful Sydmonton Court Estate – home of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber. This charity event was held in support of The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund and Tusk Trust.

We were very fortunate to have been chosen by our Patrons, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Henry of wales, to be the beneficiary of this fundraising event, along with Tusk. The Duke was a member of the Urbanologie team. who took on Westcombe Group. The match was a dose fought draw. The players were presented with gifts from Tiffany & Co. as well as a bottle of specially produced luxury scent from Italian perfumier, Xerjoff.

Almost 450 guests attended the champagne reception. which was held in a stunning marquee, overtooking the Berkshire downs. This was followed by a superb lunch and entertainment by singer Rebecca Ferguson culminating with two charity auctions.

The Uganda International Marathon


Congratulations to Georgina Elliott and Celsa Ezra who ran in the first Uganda International Marathon – A Race Like No Other last weekend and have raised an astonishing £13,000 for HvSMF and local projects in Masaka. Described as “one of the most amazing experiences of our lives”, the girls saw various HVSMF projects, then spent 6 days immersed in the local community before running a marathon through beautiful rural Uganda alongside local and inlernalional runners.

London Marathon 2015


HvSMF had six gold bond charity places in this year’s London Marathon, thanks to our Patron, Prince Harry, who is also Patron of The Virgin London Marathon. It was a very successful day with cool weather and all of our six runners finished. What an amazing achievement! Particular congratulations to our husband and wife team, Ed and Nats, who completed it in 3 hrs 42 mins.

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Yeovil Half Marathon


On Sunday 29th March Rio Ball, a long time supporter of the charity, who spent time teaching at Magogo Secondary School, ran the Yeovil half marathon. She raised just over £400 all of which has been spent at Magogo where we provided much needed science equipment and chemicals.

The Tokyo Marathon


Report by Angus Ropner:

“I wanted to drop you a line to say thanks once again for very kindly sponsoring me for the Tokyo marathon. In the endwe managed to raise a brilliant £1368 for the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund. This will certainly go a long way and make a big difference for the Ugandan children this Charity supports through providing classrooms, dormitories, teachers housing and so on. I am also glad to say that I successfully dragged myself around the 42km course in 3 hours and 32 minutes. It was a sore but amazing experience. and I am happy to have made it back in one piece. It was a brilliant city, and we managed to see various sites too induding the fish market, the Tokyo tower, some interesting Sake bars, and the famous Robot show.”

Christmas Carol Service


Tickets sold out again this year for our annual Christmas carol service in St Luke’s, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London. We are very grateful to all who attended and made the event once again a huge success. We are so grateful to our Patrons, their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales, who both attended the service. We would also like to thank this year’s readers, Ben Fogle, Santa Montefiore and Dan Snow, who very generously supported us.

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The Thriller South of the River – Charity Boxing Match


The Thriller South of the River · Charity Boxing Match – Miguel’s Boxing Gym


Approximately £2500 was made by ticket sales alone making this event a great success. Thank you to all involved.

Coffee Morning in Kensington Palace


Serena Richards organised a very successful coffee morning in her apartment in Kensington Palace. She raised funds for HvSMF with the sale of her marvellous “Slightly Potty” silk flowers. some special Christmas crackers and other Christmas presents. Thanks to the 25 people that attended we have raised enough funds to sponsor a much needed 20,000 litre water tank at one of our schools. HvSMF is incredibly grateful to Serena for her time and wonderful flowers.