We are extremely grateful to all our alumni, staff, parents and friends who have supported the BGS Bursary Fund over the years, helping us to provide the transformational gift of a BGS education to the brightest children living in the most financially challenged circumstances.
During the 450 Bursary Campaign in 2020, you raised an incredible £1.1 million!
The donations raised plus money from the School enabled us to offer 21 life-changing bursaries to year 7 pupils starting in September 2021. We also raised over £200,000 to continue the refurbishment of sports facilities in the Senior Girls’ school and other projects. We are extremely fortunate to have so many people who invest in our future and the future of our pupils.
Please click the image below to read our 2021 Giving Report, including the Donor Roll of Honour.
MEET OUR DONORS
The Adventure of life is to Learn, The Challenge of Life is to Overcome, The Essence of Life is to Care... The Beauty of Life is to Give.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
The following donors are just a very small sample of the huge base of Alumni, staff, parents, businesses, Trusts and Friends of BGS who donate to our Capital Fund or towards our Bursary Fund.
We are truly indebted to their generosity and kindness and Bury Grammar School continues to flourish due to the benefaction of others.
Fiona Cooper (BGS 1980) – Regular Donor
“BGSG allowed me to fulfil my ambition to practise medicine and generated lifelong interests within the fields of theatre, music and literature. I feel very strongly that academically bright students whose parents cannot afford the school fees should be able to access the wonderful education and facilities the School offers, so I willingly support the Bursary Fund by making monthly financial donations.”
Rachel Nicholson, Parent and Pupil Sponsor
I attended a bursary lunch at BGS where the speaker spoke eloquently and passionately about the need for bursary support at the School, to enable these incredibly bright children to experience the amazing education that BGS offers. I then resolved that we as a company would help and I would urge everyone to contribute to the Bursary Fund.
Rachel Hankinson (BGS 1988), BGS Teacher and parent
Many friends and colleagues have asked me why I am so passionate about education. I always respond by saying that I was given the most precious gift which has lasted my whole lifetime.
I had a BGS bursary and it simply changed my life.
Nowadays I would have been called a ‘young carer’ and School provided me with a separate life outside of my family unit and most importantly it gave me a love of learning. It made me believe in myself and think that I could always achieve more. The sky suddenly grew higher and horizons became much wider.
I make a monthly contribution as I know that these small amounts will make a huge difference to a young person’s life.
Nicola Shindler (BGS 1987), Old Girl
The quality of teaching and the inspirational staff at BGS made me what I am today. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have attended this wonderful School and I make a regular donation towards the bursary fund to ensure that children from all backgrounds enjoy the opportunities that I had.
Ashish Ramuni, Vice School Captain and Senior Cadet 2016
The reason I donated to the bursary fund is that I hope that my contribution will allow someone to enjoy the education, teaching and facilities that I have had at BGS. Through the Key to the Door Campaign, I hope that even more young people will be able to make the most of the same great opportunities and experiences that I've been fortunate enough to have had offered to me here; schooling can entirely shape a person's life and I've found BGS to be an excellent sculptor, both for myself and my peers.
Peter Stock, Former BGS parent and grandparent
Education is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. I firmly believe that success in life comes from hard work, determination and a good education. Knowledge is the key to opportunity and advancement in life and BGS is not only focused on teaching its pupils facts and figures, but also on instilling in them a confidence and self- belief that ensures they will reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
We all have aspirations for our children. We all want to give them the best possible education. Why then not help other families with the same aspirations as ours but who are unable to meet the cost that incurs. If you are in a position to support the BGS Bursary Fund with either a small monthly contribution, or a part or full Bursary then I would ask you to seriously consider it.
Peter was an incredibly generous benefactor who, as a father and grandfather to BGS pupils gave unconditionally to our Sports Campaign and supported our Bursary Fund. Peter sadly passed away in September 2019 and is greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Peter Greenhalgh, Old Boy
Peter sadly passed away in October 2019 and was a huge supporter of BGS, sponsoring several bursary pupils as well as donating the Peter Greenhalgh Scholarship which supports University students through Oxbridge.