November 21, 2019
On Thursday 21 November, Stephen Wicks, CEO of Beaconsfield-based housebuilder Inland Homes, proudly presented a cheque for £50,000 to local specialist girls school Alfriston School, to aid the building of their brand-new performing arts centre.
This generous donation will help the school to reach their £500,000 fundraising target to aid the building and outfitting of a new two-storey performing arts centre, which will house teaching and performance spaces for music, dance and drama classes when complete.
During a previous visit to Alfriston School, Stephen and his wife Jenny were moved by the students’ dedication to the performing arts and the joy that they got from singing, dancing and performing. As parents of a daughter with a passion for dancing, Stephen and Jenny understood the importance of having a dedicated place for the girls to express themselves, and were inspired to help the school reach their fundraising target.
Speaking at the presentation, Stephen commented: “Inland has a policy of assisting local organisations, with a particular focus on where we can help young people. When I heard about Alfriston School’s efforts to raise money for a new performing arts centre, I was really keen to get involved. My daughter is a dancer and my wife used to be a teacher, so I know how much a facility like this can benefit both the students and the staff. I am therefore delighted to donate £50,000 and look forward to the opening of this exciting new facility.”
Jinna Male, Headmistress at Alfriston School, commented: “This year at Alfriston School we have been raising money to start building a fantastic new Performing Arts and Technology Centre, which will encourage the girls to enjoy music, dance and drama - all subjects which help enormously to build their confidence and self-esteem. In 2018, the school was successful in securing a grant of £1.45 million from the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund to build the Centre, but we need to raise an additional £500,000 to complete the building. Since March, the generosity of parents, friends, local businesses and some charitable trusts has seen our Space to Shine campaign raise £250,000.”
“We are extremely grateful to Stephen Wicks and Inland Homes for the incredibly generous donation, which will help improve the school lives of so many of our dedicated students.”
Alfriston School is a government funded day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18, catering for students with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities. With students coming from all over Buckinghamshire and the neighbouring London Boroughs, the overriding aim of the school is to support the girls in preparing them for independent living, and to acquire the social and life skills needed to integrate into the community.
Based in Beaconsfield, Inland Homes is an award-winning developer specialising in regenerating brownfield sites. Operating across the breadth of Southern England, it delivers both residential and mixed-use projects, providing affordable, high-quality homes in places that people are proud to live.