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27 April

London Marathon Stories, a Royal Invite & an Exciting Scholarship

Royal Wedding News!

We were absolutely thrilled to learn the news that OV Olivia Parson (Cr 07-11) has received a special invitation to attend the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on 19th May at Windsor Castle.  Olivia was chosen as a result of her work co-founding charity Educate Enkerende which raises funds to build a new school for the children of the Masai Mara, Kenya. Olivia has said, “I am so incredibly excited – I have even been dreaming about it since the invite came! It is such once in a lifetime opportunity – I feel as if someone is going to pinch me and tell me it is not real at any moment!”

Olivia will be taking her Mum Carolyn as her guest, “She has been an invaluable support to me over the years, and always encouraged me to be proactive and say yes to everything. Whenever I feel as if I cannot do something, I think of my mum saying 'go for it' – this attitude that she has helped me form is definitely a huge reason as to why I have co-founded Educate Enkerende and embarked on the charitable challenges I have.”

Many congratulations Olivia! 

Our Incredible OV London Marathon Runners 2018

On Sunday 22nd April many brave and determined runners battled the heat and ran the 2018 London Marathon and we are immensely proud to have had several OVs running for a selection of good causes. Here are just a few of our OV runners and their Marathon day stories. If any other OVs ran too please do let us know at and we will make sure we give you a mention next week!

Jeannie Gibson (Ch 05-12) and Amy Bateson (Cl 07-12) finished together in 4:52 and have currently raised £6,604.32 (not including gift aid) for their chosen charity Wooden Spoon.




David Bath (S 09-14) ran in 4:23:01 for the RFU’s Injured Player’s Foundation, raising over £3,000.






Current Head of Sixth Form and OV Josh Hand (Cl 91-01) finished in 3:00:00 exactly raising over £1,000 for Cancer Research.





Tim Brock (Cr 77-87) ran in 4:36 and raised £1,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of his father. 






James Yelland (S 01-08) ran in 3:35 and has raised £700 for Youth Support Services (YSS).



The Next Chapter

We have just heard the exciting news that Matthew Kelley (S 10-17) has accepted the offer of an Organ Scholarship at St Chad’s College, Durham from October 2018, whilst he is studying music at Durham University.  Since leaving King’s last July, Matthew has been the Organ Scholar at Guildford Cathedral, which he says has been demanding but very enjoyable.  The organ scholar at Guildford Cathedral is a full member of the Cathedral’s music department, involved in training the probationer choristers in singing and theory, accompanying Evensongs and the Guildford Cathedral Singers’ services, amongst other duties.

Matthew is thrilled with his new Organ Scholarship at St Chad’s, Durham and expressed his gratitude to King’s Head of Music, Simon Taranczuk, for his support.  We look forward to hearing more about Matthew in the future.