After making it past the original goal of £10,000 for its crowdfunding initiative, Future First has now smashed through its stretch target of £18,000 – with a few days still left on the campaign.
The new milestone was reached thanks to a generous £1,495 donation from Future First volunteer Rahul Moodgal ahead of the fundraising push coming to an end on Monday (12 October).
The success of the crowdfunding campaign, the first to ever be attempted by the charity, means thousands more pupils in state schools will benefit from Future First’s work to develop thriving alumni networks.
Among those to benefit will be students at four schools in Lincolnshire, thanks to South Holland District Council’s decision to support the initiative.
Future First Chief Executive, Lorraine Langham, said: “I am so grateful to Rahul for his generous donation and to everyone else who has supported this campaign. We will make sure that every pound makes a difference to state school pupils.
“Of course, there are still a few days to go, so there’s still time to donate and help us extend our reach and impact to more students in more schools.
“Our work is more important than ever right now, given the anxiety many young people will be feeling due to the pandemic. Unless we take action, the gap between young people from privileged backgrounds and those whose start in life has been more challenging will continue to get wider.
“Alumni networks can play a vital role in the education ecosystem, giving young people in state schools extra support and encouragement. They offer pupils an insight into a future that could be theirs, providing them with confidence, motivation and inspiration to push on and succeed.”
You can donate here until 12 October, 1.30pm.