This week Dean Close pupils welcomed the charity, Rory’s Well, who came to speak to them about their work in Africa. It was very inspiring to hear them speak with such passion and energy about something so close to their heart, and their determination to make a difference.

The charity provides water holes for remote communities in Sierra Leone, and was founded by Karen and Tony Evans in loving memory of their son, Rory, who was tragically killed in a road accident. Rory was the boyfriend of Dean Close pupil, Jess Pool, who approached the School and asked if Dean Close could get involved in fundraising to help sink a well in Rory’s name. In 2014 the Dean Close Rory’s Well was established.

Since that time the charity has expanded to become more holistic, exploring the options of sustainability, healthcare, agriculture and education. In their visit to Dean Close, the couple explained to students how further funds raised by the School have been used to repair a vital bridge close to the well which provides a route for locals to collect water. Their illustrated presentation showed what a difference the Charity has made to the lives of the local community.

After the talk, the Mr and Mrs Evans joined with a group of Sixth Formers with a specific interest in International Development, Geography and International Relations for afternoon tea and a more in depth discussion of their work and the situation in Sierra Leone.

Dean Close has continued to raise funds to the cause, most recently donating £2200 which was collected from the Christmas production of Fiddler on the Roof. Community Action Programme Leader, Charlie Montgomery, said: “The Community Action programme of the School seeks to encourage a spirit of service, to raise awareness of need and to support projects in the local area and further afield. It has been very rewarding to partner with Karen and Tony in support of Rory’s Well.”