Sport stars Tyrone Mings, Jonathan Joseph and Sarah Winckless came together with the Millfield community to back the School’s first Giving Day raising money to offer life changing bursaries to future students.
A total of £151,050 was raised over the two days of the campaign, making a first step towards our goal of reaching £100m by 2035, Millfield’s 100th year, which will fully fund 100 boarders in perpetuity.
Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa and England footballer, Jonathan Joseph, Bath Rugby and England rugby player, and Sarah Winckless MBE, Olympic rower, world champion and first woman to umpire the 2021 Oxford and Cambridge boat race, all attended Millfield as bursary recipients and went on to have hugely successful careers.
During the two days, the Millfield community got involved in a multitude of Giving Day themed events. Students took part in ‘100’ themed activities to signify the Discover Brilliance Fund goal. This included 100 lengths of Glastonbury Tor, 100 years of dance and 100 minutes of art to name a few. Students and staff also ran, walked, swam, rode or cycled 7,000 miles together to mark the founder of Millfield, Boss Meyer’s journey from Dhrangadhra, India to Street, Somerset.
Tyrone, who attended Millfield between 2009-2011, said: “I know personally what a difference a bursary or scholarship can make to a young person’s life and the platform it gave me to go and achieve better things in my life. It’s something that’s close to my heart because I experienced it and I really believe there are a lot of opportunities that Millfield can create for young individuals and we can all play our part in uncovering the next sporting or academic star. “
Jonathan, who attended Millfield between 2007-2009, said: “I know what an opportunity it was for me to come to a school like Millfield, the sporting opportunities, alongside my education and my brother Will having that opportunity also. Sport for me plays a huge part in my life, coming to Millfield, playing on such an unbelievable pitch and having some amazing coaches without which I may not be in the position I am today. It had a huge impact on my career and where I ended up getting to.”
Sarah, who attended Millfield between 1990-1992, said: “I’m supporting the campaign because I had that opportunity and it is crucially important that others have the same.”
Millfield was founded by Boss Meyer in 1935 who had a clear vision to provide support to students with limited financial means and the school’s present-day bursary provision of around £6m a year remains guided by that principle.
Headmaster Gavin Horgan, himself a bursary recipient during his school days, said: “A Millfield education is transformational and such opportunities will significantly enhance a child’s life chances, future options and life-long outcomes. The Discover Brilliance Fund will secure the future of the vision to support students with limited financial means and by working together we can transform many, many lives and that is very exciting. All donations, big and small, will make a huge difference.