Aligned to these aspirations, and recognising that funding for WEC would not be guaranteed long-term, Headteachers and governors wanted to ensure sustainability of activities in South Reading for our children and the wider community. The Asprire2 charity was therefore established and registered in 2007.
Trustees and partners for Aspire2 are drawn from key services and organisations in Reading, led by the Chair, Martin Salter, ex-MP for Reading West who played a key role in our securing EiC status in 2003. Trustees include members from the University of Reading, Earley Charity, former editor of the Reading Evening Standard and RBC senior staff, as well as representation from each of the cluster schools.
The charity has been very successful in securing funds, most notably in fundraising for the development of Ufton Adventure as a local, residential site, which, because of our relationship, now offers free trips to the children in our schools.
Please have a look at the Ufton Court website. As you are probably aware WEC run a number of holiday trips to Ufton Court and have raised lots of funds to build outdoor huts and toilet blocks so that the WEC schools can use these facilities throughout the year.