Mya Patel, a Year 8 student at The Royal School in Wolverhampton, recently took it upon herself to raise funds for two charities: Danny Batth’s Foundation DB and Cure Leukaemia. Mya organised a non-uniform day and a samosa sale raising £600 which was split between the two foundations.
As an added bonus, Wolves Captain Danny Batth, who established Foundation DB, came to The Royal to meet Mya and accept the cheques on behalf of both charities. A very well done to Mya for her hard work and selflessness.
Mya first met Batth in December, 2015, when he was selling The Big Issue in Wolverhampton town centre for the homeless. Since then she has followed his charity work and been inspired by what he has achieved.
Batth recently set up Foundation DB which supports three charities, one being a charity in Northern India called Yuwa Academy for young girls about which he recently made a documentary called ‘Married to the game’ and where he travelled to the academy showing how football and education helps the girls.
“As a Wolves supporter and the recent illness of our goal keeper Carl Ikeme with Leukaemia inspired me to arrange a non-uniform day along with a samosa sale with the help of my family,” said Mya.
With this year’s success, Mya has said she plans to do it again next year to raise even more money for Foundation DB.
The Royal School has a set of values: Respect, Trust, Initiative, Risk and Community which guide everything the School and its students do. Mya has truly exemplified these values as do many of the other activities, both student and staff led, that occur at The Royal. The school’s Interact club regularly raises funds for Compton Hospice and a book scheme for a school in Africa is just another set of examples. There is a strong sense of community and charity at the school having once been an orphanage.
In fact, many of The Royal’s core values date back to its history as an orphanage, founded in 1850 by local philanthropist and businessman, John Lees. As well as compassion and caring for others, it was his intention to help and support the most vulnerable in society and that ethos remains as strong today.
The Royal School, founded in 1850, is now a free, co-educational, independent day and boarding school serving more than 1100 students across the Primary and Senior Schools. It is a unique school where students from the West Midlands, Great Britain and the world meet, learn, and achieve both academically and personally. It is a community in which each individual’s strengths are identified, nurtured, and celebrated in order to exceed each child’s expectations and to fully prepare them for a successful life beyond the school.