I joined Portsmouth High School in Year 3 and studied there right the way through until Sixth Form, leaving in 2010. I loved learning in an environment where girls are made to feel strong and independent, and I was taught to be resilient and confident. My closest friends are still the ones I made at Portsmouth High. It’s now 10 years since we all left school so were due to have a reunion this year. Unfortunately, it’s been postponed for now due to the pandemic but I’m looking forward to when it can take place.
I chose to donate this year, as without the bursary and scholarship I received during my time at school, I wouldn’t have been able to continue studying there when my family experienced financial hardship. Moreover, I think it’s so important that bright students get access to a first-class education regardless of their background.
I was also encouraged to donate due to the organisation’s long history of success. There are a lot of causes out there that need support, and sometimes it can feel like a small gift won’t make a difference. But giving at any level will have a collective impact and will ensure a bright student can receive a first-class education, and that family circumstances won’t provide a barrier to this.
My own experience led me to pursue a career in fundraising within the education sector. I work for one of the country’s leading universities, raising funds to enhance the educational provision that can be offered to students from a wide-range of backgrounds. By donating to bursaries, you are investing in the future generation who will go on to give back to society in their own way.