The School and the War – Christmas 1916

The fact that the same efforts are being maintained is the satisfactory thing to record, though we all know that as time goes on there is not one of us that may not have to make, and desire to make, still more efforts to help our country, and our sailors, soldiers, and airmen, and our Allies at this time. The 300 or more girls’ schools that joined together to help the home at Richmond for the totally disabled, have raised between them more than £3000. Besides contributing about £50 to this we have kept our own collections going for the Belgian soldiers, and hope to have about £7 at the end of the term. The School gave me the most delightful present on my birthday of a cheque for £4 8s. for some war fund, and it is going to help the huts on the Plain. There have, too, been special efforts helped by other friends bringing in £7 7s. 62d. for Kitchener’s Memorial, and £10 6s. 81d. for the new Women’s Hospital, which was founded by Mrs. Garrett Anderson, and £5 17s. for “Our Day,” 550 bags for the men’s small possessions, 300 writing cases, 72 splints (14 of which were for fingers), four pairs of crutches, one bed table, and the large notice board, some clothes for Belgian refugees, and some woollen socks and other woollen things will have gone from the School this term, and others are in hand.
Our Intercession list is now so long that we have to divide it into several lists, taking some names every Wednesday and Friday, and the Roll of Honour also grows, and with it the heroic courage of those who have the names of those near and dear to them on that list.