400th Anniversary Campaign: Growing Bursaries for the Future
'I was on a music scholarship at Alleyn’s and the Music department was practically my second home. I am so grateful for all they taught me and I dread to think what my musical (and personal) development would have been if it weren’t for my time at Alleyn’s. The support and encouragement I received at Alleyn’s was second-to-none, and it continued throughout my university life and even now at the start of my career. I was invited back to the School in 2013 to be involved in the alumni telephone campaign and was overwhelmed with the number of alumni, all with significantly more life experience than I, who had the same lovely and warm time at Alleyn’s. Their generosity was inspiring and I knew that I would want to be part of that supportive community later in life. The next year, in 2014, I found myself back as part of the team of callers, really enjoying supporting the School in this way and the amazing buzz from speaking to so many alumni who truly loved their time at Alleyn’s. I decided to start giving after that experience from a place of pure gratitude for all the musical support and lessons that I had received for free and wanting to make that a possibility for future children at the School. Alleyn’s is such a generous environment, with teachers and staff going out of their way to give their time, resources and encouragement. I think it relies on generosity to keep it going and to make it the excellent school that it is, and I am more than happy to play my part.'