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Hugh Grant makes donation to Isle of Wight school

Fri 9 Sep 2011

Hugh Grant makes donation to Isle of Wight school

An Isle of Wight school has received a charitable donation worth thousands of pounds from the Hollywood film star Hugh Grant.

The Love Actually actor has given £5,000 to St Catherine's School in Ventnor as part of sponsorship for his friend Nicky Rawlance, who is carrying out a 100-mile walk from her home to the island in order to raise cash.

According to a report from the Isle of Wight County Press, Ms Rawlings is leaving London today (September 9th) and expects to have made her way to the island by Thursday next week (September 15th).

Her daughter, 14-year-old Ella, is a pupil at St Catherine's and has severe learning difficulties, as well as a speech and language disorder.

Ms Rawlings had been aiming to raise £5,000 for the school, but after the donation from Grant - who went to university with her ex-husband and has been a family friend for 30 years - she has now decided she is doubling her target to £10,000.

Rachel Thomson, head of business and charity for St Catherine's, said: "Having the support of Hugh Grant is beyond anything we anticipated."

Ms Rawlings added that it is "great" Hugh Grant - the star of films such as Music and Lyrics, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and About a Boy - chose to give to the cause.

As well as the main school, the St Catherine's charity runs a number of boarding houses for pupils on the Isle of Wight, including residences at Chapel Landing and St Joseph's for girls, with boys located at St Christopher's on the main school campus.

Next weekend (September 17th), money raised from the Classic Car Show, which is being held at Newport Quay, will go to the charity.

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-800724795-ADNFCR

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