Eikon Charity

THE Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, declared the Eikon Hopes and Dreams Garden at Fullbrook School “most inspiring” on a recent visit.

Eikon, an award-winning charity, works with pupils who need additional learning support and a safe environment in which to thrive.

TEAM EFFORT – The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, with (left to right) Becky Hughes, Eikon fundraising and community manager; Nigel Blair, trustee of Eikon;  Lucia Amabile, Eikon youth specialist; and David Playfoot, student volunteer

As the mayor noted: “With help from youth workers and staff from RHS Wisley, the pupils have created the most wonderful space where they can reflect, sow seeds, grow plants, care for the land and learn new skills. I found it most inspiring.”

POSITIVE MESSAGE – A carved tree carrying the motto “Inspiring young people, transforming young lives”

Cllr Hunwicks met student volunteers David Playfoot and Jed Denny, who explained their role as volunteer youth leaders.  Both are sixth-form pupils at the Addlestone school and have been supported by the Eikon programme.

David was asked how Eikon had helped him.  “It was a huge support to me throughout school,” he said.  “It was a place to go every lunchtime if I needed to talk to someone about the issues I was facing.  I always knew someone would be there.”

Cllr Hunwicks was particularly taken with the Darkness into Light area. The first element is planted with dark plants and is under the shade of a tree, which then, through an archway of light, gives way to sunlight and brightly-coloured plants. It signifies how young people can walk out of the darkness and into the light if they face their feelings head on.

To find out more about Eikon’s work with young people in Surrey, or to donate, please visit  www.eikon.org.uk/appeal

For the full story get the 21 November edition of the News & Mail

SOME colourful, fast and very, very messy fundraising took place at Gordon’s School.

Pupils from the West End secondary joined together to raise £800 for charity in a Colour Run

Anna Rakoczi, Hana Godfrey and Laila Pell joined hundreds of others at Gordon’s to raise money for Eikon Charity and Pride in Surrey

More than 200 were pelted with powder paint of many colours as they ran a circuit of a school playing field. Many of them completed several laps.

Each had paid to take part and the proceeds were donated to local charities including the Eikon Charity, which supports vulnerable young people in Surrey, and the Pride in Surrey organisation.

The event marked the International Day Against Homophobia; Biphobia and Transphobia.

It was organised by Sarah Maslen, the LGBT+ lead at Gordon’s, who said: “This is one of the most popular charity events held at Gordon’s. As usual, it was enjoyed by students and staff alike. We were delighted to raise money for these charities.”

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