Staying in Bed Raises More than £4,300 in Support of Monmouth Schoolboy

Friends of a pupil at Monmouth School for Boys have raised more than £4,300 for a hospital children’s ward.


The staff and boarding community at Chapel House in Monmouth organised a hugely inspirational 20-hour fund-raiser in honour of Sam Badcock, who also took part in the event. Stay in Bed for Sam was organised by Ms Sheila Mone, House Parent at Chapel House at Monmouth School for Boys, and her team. It involved a host of fun activities for the children, including a quiz, pillow PE, gaming and a midway movie, and an opportunity for them to chat and spend time with each other virtually.


“The boys at Chapel House thought about doing the usual fundraiser like running marathons or climbing mountains,” said Ms Mone. “But they decided to think about ways of helping Sam through his cancer treatment, cheer him up and raise some money too. Sam has been in bed receiving chemotherapy for several weeks so two of his friends suggested a big Chapel House sleep over, virtually, of course so that the boys could be together for Sam. For 20 hours, the boys enjoyed chatting, snacking and laughing. Everyone had a great time and Sam and the boys are looking forward to getting together like this every weekend in some way.”


The support for the event across the Haberdashers’ family of Monmouth Schools and beyond has been remarkable. Sam has been receiving hospital treatment at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since November. Following surgery and radiotherapy, he is over halfway into a cycle of chemotherapy and will be in hospital for the next few weeks.

Ms Mone said: “Sam wants to thank everyone who took part, he loved it.  Having his friends there to chat to and game with was brilliant. Even when he was tired, he loved listening to the chatter and mayhem of Chapel House and the rest of the Stay in Bed for Sam team. It is awesome that something can be given back to the neurosurgery and cancer wards in Southampton, which continue to provide great care for him.”


Ms Mone would like to say a huge thank you to the boys, the Chapel House boarding team, Sam and Dr Evans, Sam's form tutor. She added: “I am grateful to Chapel House parents and all those who really got behind this event as we have received fantastic donations from so many people, including grandparents, aunties, cousins and god-parents of the boys."

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