Most people who give to charity will say that it is a rewarding and satisfying experience, especially if there is a close relationship to the charity and the results can be seen at first hand.
For this reason I tend to make gifts to charities I know well and where I am confident the gift will make a difference. Bradfield fits the bill perfectly.
I get a thrill every time I visit Bradfield and talk to pupils; I am sure that in my day we were not as confident and articulate as the modern Bradfieldian, it is a joy to talk to them.
Visiting Bradfield and talking to the pupils has demonstrated the continued benefits of a Bradfield all-round education, particularly when it comes to providing opportunity, via bursaries, to pupils who could never otherwise access this experience.
Bursaries are beneficial, not only to the individual recipient, but for the wider pupil body by providing more diversity and the ability to learn from one another. Diversity adds true value to the College. Making a gift towards a transformative bursary is something very personal and with real emotional resonance.
A lot of people have benefited enormously from a Bradfield education, myself included, and I want to help others to make that same journey.
Running was my sport which I took quite seriously during my time at the College.
There was a lot of cross country running going on in those days and I have particularly fond memories of the original Steeple Chase, which involved climbing up through a raging weir, although I am reliably informed the modern incarnation features a shorter dip in the Pang.