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Fettes Community Support

Service plays a huge part in life at Fettes and so naturally, during this challenging time, pupils, staff and Old Fettesians have been supporting the wider community in all sorts of different ways.  From small acts of kindness to large scale, big-impact initiatives, we are proud of everything being done to help others. The list below highlights some of the fantastic ways the Fettes Community has been helping others during this time:

  • OF Anthony Gilbert is currently working as a physio at NHS Nightingale London. Anthony has put his PHD on hold to return to clinical work as a physiotherapist during this time. 
  • Mrs Thomson has been sewing multiple sets of scrubs for her GP niece to enable her to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 between herself, patients, and her family. 
  • Thousands of volunteers together with Fettes Prep staff Mrs Flett, Mrs Weatherby, Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Neary have been working for the Granton Community Gardeners helping deliver lunches to those in need. 
  • 150 parking spaces at Fettes College have been created in the College & Westwoods grounds for NHS staff and Miss McDonnell has been thanking these NHS workers with cards and sweeties on their cars - an act of kindness that has been gradually received.
  • Fettes College Science Department have donated safety goggles to Strachan House Nursing Home.
  • Prep School teachers Mr Leadbetter, Ms Quayle and Mr Hall have been creating and distributing PPE masks for hospitals throughout the Easter holidays. 
  • OF Ella Robertson has been helping elderly neighbours with essential shopping trips and alongside fellow OF’s held a virtual pub quiz raising funds for Scottish Woman’s Aid.
  • U6th Pupils Ruby L and Ella L volunteered throughout the Easter break at the Eric Liddle Centre in Edinburgh delivering lunches to people who are vulnerable and self isolating. 
  • 2nd Form pupil Estella G has been baking for elderly neighbours who are in isolation.  
  • Economics teacher Miss Gueganton has been working as a NHS volunteer, collecting prescriptions and delivering food to those in need. 
  • Fettes has committed to creating freshly prepared meals for Scran Academy to distribute to the most vulnerable in Edinburgh. Alongside staff volunteers and Old Fettesians, our Catering Manager James Wood and Executive Chef Ally MacDonald are ensuring delicious and nutritious meals are safely made for the people of Edinburgh; 1000 meals this week were delivered increasing to 1500 next week. 
  • OF Callum Scott is the youngest blood biker in Scotland and covering Blood Bikes Scotland shifts during this challenging time.
  • Fettes College Mandarin Teacher Li Jin has donated 38 coverall protection suits and over 100 face masks, including 40 N95 face masks to Blackhall Medical Centre. 
  • Well done to 4th Form Matthew P who has been volunteering with Homestart who support families with young children.  He has been collecting food parcels from the Edinburgh Community Food Bank in Leith and then delivered them to various homes. 
  • Huge congratulations to Carrington Matron Miss Davidson who completed her fundraising expedition up Mt Kilimanjaro - she completed the climb in 7 days walking up and down the front steps of the College for 3 hours a day to make the total height of Kilimanjaro (5,892m/19,331ft). She raised over £1200 in support of those fighting Covid-19 and also living in poverty.
  • Well done to 5th Form student Rory C, for running a half marathon on at the beginning of May, in support of NHS Lothian Covid-19 appeal.
  • Well done to 3rd Form James M for the 2.5 Challenge in aid of Water Aid. James raised over £300. 

A massive thank you to every single person who is helping others and supporting their community during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Please continue to send to us information about how you are supporting your community - we would love to hear from you!