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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Uno Animo dinner raised an amazing £18,700 profit – all of which will be spent to benefit the school and its pupils.

A huge thank you goes to all our 2018 sponsors and to everyone who kindly donated raffle and auction prizes.  Thanks too to all who gave their time to help organise the event and also to those who helped with the setup and clearup.  And of course, thank you to all who were there on the night itself – we hope you all enjoyed it and hope you will join us again next year for another sell-out evening.

Here’s the story of the dinner:

The date was set many months ago as Saturday 8th December 7pm. The Friends’ Uno Animo dinner dance committee were all set to create an evening of fundraising and fun!  First priority was to book last year’s band again, AOD – with them booked we had the makings of a fantastic party.

Our caterers were booked – ABM, who have a great reputation in executive catering as well as our school lunches.

We chose a steak & ale pie as the main course and the Windsor and Eton Brewery donated their Guardsman ale. The school’s DT technician Bill Downing made a stamp with UA 2018 for the pastry which set the pie off perfectly.

The theme this year was black and white and we all collected ideas to decorate the hall and tables on the night.

We got busy writing letters and emails asking for table sponsorship, auction prizes and raffle prizes. Our main sponsor again this year was Hardings Estate Agents in Windsor – we are very grateful for their on-going support of the Friends.

Baskets were collected and many parents donated bottles, food items, toiletries and small gifts.  The committee spent a lovely evening making up the 32 hampers we raffled on the night.

The Boat club selected their canapé menu and tested the recipes to share out with the boat club parents.

So the week had arrived!  The drinks, tables, chairs, glasses, crockery and cutlery were all delivered.  A refrigerated trailer was parked up at school.  The Christmas tree was delivered and decorated.

A group of parents laid out the 24 dinner tables on the Friday evening and on Saturday we added all the finishing touches to the main hall.  A big thank you to Lorraine from Perfect Planning party company who supplied all the table centres and balloons.  The kitchen was a hive of activity preparing 242 dinners.  The band arrived and started setting up and rehearsing while Zander Mackay positioned the lighting around the hall and dusted the glitter ball. The hampers and prizes were displayed.  Boat club parents dropped off their finished canapés and the brewery casks were tapped at the bar.

Big band musicians were set up ready to play as the guests arrived, rowing club boys were in position with the canapé trays and senior prefects were on hand to serve the dinner.  7pm on the night arrived and the prosecco was poured ready to greet all the diners….and so the night began!

We try to make each annual Uno Animo Dinner about more than just fundraising.

For us, it is as much about showcasing TWBS community spirit, on an evening where pupils, staff, parents, volunteers and friends all participate, contribute, interact and hopefully enjoy.

Here is what one Year 9 Parent said about their first Uno Animo experience this year:

“Being a new Year 9 parent, this was my first encounter of the ‘Uno Animo experience’.

It has been really heartening to see how much team work the school inspires amongst the boys themselves, amongst the group of very dedicated volunteers who put this event together, amongst the parents/ guests who attended on the night and amongst the school and local community.

Without the support of so many local clubs and businesses, this event wouldn’t be half the event it has become and what you realise, is that a lot of people making small contributions all add-up to great effect.

So thank you to anyone and everyone who supported the event in any way they could… it all makes such difference.”

The Friends’ Committee