Fundraising for Harvest, Remembrance & Christmas
This year we have decided to combine our Harvest collection, Remembrance Day and Christmas gifts together.
John Hopgood is arguably one of Lanesborough’s most important former pupils. He died a hero at just 21 years old. Wounded by flack and with his Lancaster bomber ablaze, Hoppy had no hope of escape yet managed to gain height for two of his crew to parachute to safety. The plane crashed moments later. A veteran of forty-eight bombing sorties and an expert pilot in three Bomber Command Squadrons, he was the man who taught Guy Gibson (the leader of the Dambusters) to fly a Lancaster. He will be forever remembered at Lanesborough for his selflessness and courage.
In June 2016, we were very privileged to receive a visit from the niece and sister of John Hopgood, Jenny Elmes and Betty Bell. Betty, who is now 92, was 18 when John died, and her daughter Jenny has recently written a book about John, using his diaries and correspondence.
’ M-MOTHER’ by Jenny Elmes, is a fascinating and inspiring true-story for anyone at all interested in the life and times of World War II. For those with a connection to Lanesborough, it is a ’must-read!’
If you want to read more about John Hopgood, and in particular about his life during World War II as part of Bomber Command, you can now buy from the school office a copy of ‘M-MOTHER’, the life story of Lanesborough’s very own Dambusters hero! We will be sending out details of this at the beginning of next week. The extra money that we are able to raise from the sale of these books will also go towards Water Aid.
John’s family have been supporting Water Aid and the building of dams to facilitate fresh water supplies for villages. We are hoping to be able to raise money to assist with this.
All the boys have been asked to collect an empty water bottle and to fill it with coins. I have asked them to try and ‘earn’ as many of the coins as possible by offering to do extra jobs around the house etc. We will be collecting the bottles in during the first week of December. We do hope that you will be able to encourage your son to support this.