Eton pupils arrived at College Chapel on Sunday afternoon to begin the annual Harvest deliveries to members of our local communities in Windsor, Old Windsor, Eton, Eton Wick and Dorney. A total of 34 boys and 17 staff, both driving and walking, delivered 85 Harvest gift bags, whilst enjoying the glorious weekend weather.
The project was organised by Phillip Highy BEM, who has masterminded the annual delivery run for the last 15 years. Mr Highy, Director of Summer Schools Administration, believes it is ‘good for boys to have contact with the community and retired staff’. It’s mutually beneficial, as many of them love ‘to know what’s happening in the college’.
Amy Cross, Summer School Lettings Manager and Secretary of Eton Action Reverend Rupert Demery were also central to the success of the day.
The bags are filled with donations from local supermarkets Budgens and Nisa, who provide a gift voucher, as well as a personalised Harvest greeting card which is written by one of a team of six pupils.
A total of 320 Eton pupils donated to the Harvest delivery fund this year, raising over £900. Wilf, a Year 9 pupil who delivered Harvest gift bags to residents in Eton Wick, said he wanted to take part because he believes it is an important time of the year for local residents to feel connected to the College.
The gift bags were much appreciated by recipients, and it was great to see younger pupils beginning the annual tradition of Harvest deliveries.