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Hasmonean High Schools raise over £1.5 million in 36 hours

More than 4,000 donors respond to Preseve What's Precious campaign

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Hasmonean High Schools’ supporters raised more £1.6 million in 36 hours – over £400,000 than the appeal target.

Around 4,100 people contributed to the “Preserve What’s Precious” campaign over Sunday and Monday, with a group of donors matching money raised by 273 teams of fundraisers.

The boys and girls schools, which need annually to raise £5 million of their £11 million budget from donatons and parental contributions, ran the campaign to help cover a shortfall caused by the coronavirus.

Parents had been warned that the institutions could be "lost" without an injection of funds.

Jodi Benaim, the campaign chair, said ‘We were truly humbled by the willingness and desire of so many members of the wider community to help Hasmonean when it needed it most.

“This was not just a case of the few helping the many. There was a real sense of collective responsibility in which the fundraising was democratised.”

Andrew McClusky, chief executive of the Hasmonean Multi-Academy Trust, which runs both schools, said, "The collective power of the Hasmonean community never ceases to amaze, a power that is in its achdut [unity].”

Gary Swabel, the chairman of trustees, said, “Our families, communities and alumni have risen to support us in our time of need.They have demonstrated the value that they put on a good education and the trust that they have in Hasmonean to deliver. I stand in awe of their kindness and support.”

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