The Kingfisher community supports children’s charity




Kingfisher, which is part of the Griffin Schools Trust, is very proud of its community and pupils. Shannon Kypreou and Killian Church both aged 11, wrote to the Head of School, Ms. Panesar, asking permission to organise a fundraising event for the Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) Society. When Shannon and Killian talked about A-T, made posters and wrote a letter for parents, the Kingfisher staff could see how much it mattered to them.

Shannon has a friend who has A-T and both Shannon and Killian wanted to raise money for the charity. They planned a spectacular event on Friday 27th May, which included: a cake sale, non-uniform day, car wash for teachers, raffle, tombola and wristbands for sale.

As Shannon and Killian’s letter went out to parents, Mr. Callaghan, father of Olivia Callaghan (6) also contacted the A-T Society as she too wanted to help raise money. Olivia is a phenomenal swimmer and despite being so young, will be swimming a distance of 5km.

Ms. Panesar, is extremely proud of the pupils for aiming high and using their own initiative to raise money. She said “Their persistence, patience and professionalism have clearly been demonstrated throughout the organisation of the process. Kingfisher, is a school that promotes a whole community feel between staff, parents and pupils. Shannon and Killian have extended themselves and have gone on to become charitable, generous and kind pupils.”

Suzanne Roynon, fundraiser for the charity emphasised the calibre of the Kingfisher children. “A-T is a diagnosis which parents dread, and with 6 people living with the condition in Medway alone, we know it is hiding in the local gene pool and that anyone in the area could be a carrier. These extraordinary young people have shown compassion and humanity in their actions, and it’s clear these values will have been instilled both at school and at home. For two 11 year olds to plan a day like this, and a 6 year old to take on a swim twice that of an Olympic triathlon event is something we have never seen before. We cannot thank them enough. We ask you to help everyone at Kingfisher make this a spectacular fundraising day and thank you for your support”.

Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) is a genetic disease which causes severe disability in children and leads to early death for those diagnosed with the condition. The A-T Society is the only UK charity which helps children and their families with practical and emotional support and funds medical research with the aim of finding treatments and a cure for the condition.

Shannon and Killian have also designed an online fundraising page for the school on

And you can sponsor Olivia’s swim here: