Banovallum’s bid to help Nepal

Leo Scott Smith helping in Nepal with Lincs 2 Nepal EMN-150505-115621001
Leo Scott Smith helping in Nepal with Lincs 2 Nepal EMN-150505-115621001
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Students and staff at Horncastle’s Banovallum School have launched an appeal to raise funds to help the fight to save lives in crisis-torn Nepal.

The appeal comes after confirmation that a former Banovallum pupil - Leo Scott-Smith - is in Nepal to help the aid effort.

He is a member of the Lincs2Nepal charity and is understood to work at Mortons in Horncastle.

Nicki Shone, headteacher at Banovallum, revealed Mr Scott-Smith was still a popular figure at the school and worked closely with students on the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Yesterday (Tuesday), the school held a specially arranged period for students to reflect on the tragedy in Nepal.

Students - and parents - were able to make a donation to the school’s newly launched relief fund.

Ms Shore said she hoped the wider community would join in the fundraising effort.

She said: “I think everyone will have been shocked and saddened by the images and stories from Nepal.

“We know Leo has strong links with the country and he is out there now, helping the relief efforts and helping to save lives.

“It is a desperate situation and we just want to do what we can to help.”

Ms Shore said many of the school’s older students knew Mr Scott-Smith and were determined to help.

She added: “The response from the students has been amazing. They have led the way in this.

“He (Leo) is a truly inspiring figure.

“We value the input and guidance he offers our students and he will always be welcome in our school.

“He often talks about the importance of a team ethic in work and in life. What he does is another excellent example of building and developing talent beyond the curriculum.”

Banovallum School has a proud record when it comes to fundraising.

Only last year, the school raised thousands of pounds for a cancer charity on the back of one student’s appeal following a family tragedy.

Ms Shore said she hoped the Nepal appeal would raise a record amount - particularly with community backing.

She added: “We thought a quiet period was the best way to raise money.

“It was a chance to reflect on the tragic events.

“The appeal, though, is a chance for everyone to get involved.

“We‘ve had a lot of support from parents and hopefully the community as a whole will join in.”

*People are welcome to make a donations and the school has Just Giving page - www.justgiving.com/BanovallumNepal