The Chepstow House charity, as chosen by the School Council, for the academic year 2012 - 13 was the Pluto Appeal. The Pluto Appeal is a charity raising money to purchase a robot named Pluto for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 'Pluto' will enable the surgeons to perform intricate surgery on babies and children with more precision, better recovery times, shorter hospital stays and smaller scars. Pluto will be the first robot dedicated to paediatric surgery in the South of England.
The Pluto Appeal had been put forward to be our charity this year as we had a boy in our school who had spent almost a month at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital when he was a newborn. While he was there, the C&W Hospital team had to perform surgery twice.
Rebecca from the Pluto Appeal joined us in the Autumn term for our charity assembly. She cleverly used the classic game 'Operation' to show the children just how tricky surgery could be. Rebecca informed the children about 'Pluto' and they were very taken with the idea of a 'robot' helping babies and children like themselves to get better.
Throughout the school year the Friends of Chepstow House School ran a number of special events to raise money for the Appeal. These included Bake Sales for the children and Raffle/Silent Auction for the parents.
Altogether we raised £5138.40 which is a fantastic total.