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July/August 2009

Fund-raising Kings!

AN estate agency group and its parent company have boosted a local school for the visually impaired by raising £32,000 over two and a half years to fund a much-needed minibus.

The Joseph Clarke School in Highams Park, London, are on the road and you won’t be able to miss them thanks to the bright new red fully-adapted minibus donated by Kings Group and the Openwork Foundation.

Chris Bramham and Karl Knipe from Kings Group, at the back with Midge Story from Openwork, with children from the Joseph Clarke School for Visually Impaired at the presentation of the minibus.

Kings Group, with a number of offices across North London and Middlesex, is part of Openwork, a multi-panel financial services company and over the last two and a half years they have been committed to raising cash to fund the bus.

Chris Bramham, director of the Group, was inspired to support the school through one of his neighbour’s sons — a pupil at the school who by chance is called Robert King!

“Initially, we were just going to fund-raise for some IT equipment but having visited the school and seen the need for a new minibus, we took on the ambitious project of raising the required £32,000,” said Chris.

The culmination of their efforts came when the bus was officially handed over, much to the delight of the children.

Karl Knipe, senior partner at Kings Group, added: “We are delighted to have been able to support the school since, every time I have visited it, I have been totally inspired by the children and their level of achievement thanks to the work and dedication of the staff.

“Despite their disabilities, their enthusiasm for life is infectious and we just know that the minibus will bring more fun and adventure into their school curriculum.

“We are just so proud to be associated with them. All the staff of the Kings Group are right behind us and the whole experience has been a great team builder and great fun.”