The evening began with an electrifying performance from Marley Chambers on the drums; Mr Wilson was lost for words after. Preceding the dinner, we had a short talk from Miss Davison during which she struggled to fit everything that Reading Spots has done, is doing, and hopes to do. During the meal, Gabriel Ross (Lower Sixth, Leconfield) provided a rendition of the Ghanaian national anthem and Luis Almonacid (Lower Sixth, Hampen) read a poem by W. E. B. DuBois.
Following the dinner, Tom Ilube, a tech entrepreneur, BBC non-executive director, and Chair of the African Gifted Foundation, gave an inspirational speech on the power of stories to change lives and enable people to express ideas that are not easily articulated in their societies. Both the silent and the not-so-silent auction were very successful, and combined with the raffle enabled us to raise over £7000 for the extension of the Abofour Community Library – our first ‘Reading Spot’. Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening such a success: the catering and security staff, the students who helped, Mr Wilson, Tom Ilube, Miss Davison and everyone who attended.
Luis Almonacid (Brighton College pupil, Lower Sixth)