This is where we tell you the good news.

Total Money raised to date: £134,426.27

For information about what we need - Click Here.

Charity Christmas Ball 2011 - Photo Gallery - Click here to view the images.

St Osmund’s Middle School - Record Breaking Fund Raising Day
30th Sept 2011
Many thanks to the pupils at St Osmund’s for the money raise so far…
Current Total £4,952.62
We will add to this total as the sponsorship money comes in.

Thanks to the Dorchester Learning Centre and ("Bob" on the slide show) for the £132.24 donation towards education in Sudan and the people of the Nuba Mountains. I really enjoyed talking with you and meeting you all. Thank you. RB

Another wonderful donation from the Portesham Primary School Children for the £280.38 from the jumble sale – and a massive thanks for inviting Richard to your Easter Assembly. Many thanks to the girl who ran the show! RB

That Flipping Thursday Group (The Parish of West Stafford) did it for Grace – thanks for the £75 from the pancake day sales.

A big thank you to Dorchester Learning Zone for collecting £57.52

A big thank you to St Peter's Church PCC for the £250.

A massive thanks to Realm Pictures for videoing the Charity Christmas Ball and editing this wonderful trailer for Grace Secondary School. (scroll down this page for ball photographs)

Special thanks to St Martin’s Circle for sending £62 from their eco-friendly shared Christmas card campaign.

Many thanks to the Men's Fellowship Breakfast at St Dunstan's Church £68.05

Many thanks to Hilton Parochial Church Council Charity for the £96.33 from 1/2 the Christingle Collection.

Thanks to St George's Church Fordington for the £450 from over the Christmas Period.

Grace Charity Christmas Ball 2010 at Kingston Maurward. Photography NOW ONLINE :-) Event Photography by


Thank you so so much to everyone who turned out in the rather, well, seasonal weather and helped us raise around £2,500 for the young people at Grace. Every penny will go to them and be used to make a real an immediate difference to their lives and the lives of their families and their community   It was quite a night, after a slightly stressful couple of days, we needn't have worried - you lot are so amazing last year thick ice, this year snow ....what will 2011 bring we wonder? Whatever happens we hope to see you all again next time.  Enjoy Richard's photos - and keep checking the site because there will be a video for you to watch soon too.
Special thanks to Sarah Buck and the staff at Kingston Maurward, sorry we kept you up a bit later than planned!

To our sponsors SGM Hair, IPP JoulesRealm Pictures, Grassby's Funeral Services, Greener Cleaner, ADP Digital PrintSienna Restaurant and Dorchester Health Club. To our entertainers Just Friends and Nina Garcia (who also stepped in to save the day on the disco!!). And last but not least - last minute table decorators Dave Reynolds and Richard Budd! - and Trinity Trees for providing the decorations! 
Many many many thanks to all of you, we hope you all had a great night.  We wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Money from this year’s Christmas Carol service £155 and an event where the children had an enrichment day that raised £104.27. thank you so much for the continued support children and staff of St Osmund’s School.

Grace Secondary School Appeal gets UK Charity status and starts the Key to the Future group. Click here to read the full article.

Those lovely people at St. Georges Church had the harvest festival meal, then a talk by Richard Budd – they gave a generous cash donation of £175 thanks to all that came along it was great to see such a great group of friends enjoying the evening together over food.

One World Festival - Speak Easy

One World Festival - Speak Easy donated £300 towards the Grace Appeal from this summers event. Thank you so much from Grace. More info and News Release.

An Apple for the Teacher?
Grace Secondary School was donated a tent for the show (thanks to Churches Together in Dorset) We had a great show and made some money for the appeal too.

We have just finished editing the results of our first video exchange between Grace Secondary School students and the pupils of St Osmund’s Middle School. Click on the video below to view our film. Special thanks to St Osmund’s Head Teacher Ron Jenkinson.

St Osmund’s School start the "Challenge 26" for Grace.
Money raised to date: £2,150.67 (more info coming very soon)

BBC South Today covers Grace Secondary School Opening from Richard Budd on Vimeo.

The opening celebrations of Grace Secondary School 2010. from Richard Budd on Vimeo.

Thousands attend Grace’s opening ceremony

On a blistering hot day, with 3,000 people gathered and great celebration, Grace Secondary School was officially opened.  Many of the visitors had travelled for hours to be a part of this extremely important ceremony. - more info

Photos just in from Bishop Andudu. (27th May 2010 6pm)

To see the full report click here for more info.

For the previous updates on the progress of the school - Click Here.

Thanks to the pupils of St. Osmund's School for the £8.91 from cakes sales.

A big thank you to the members of Dorset Open Commerce who donated a cheque for £500 to go towards the running costs of Grace Secondary School. For more information about the DOC group click here.

A big thank you to the G5 Group in Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset for the £500. Shroton St Mary PCC and all of those that helped raise this much need contribution.

Thanks to the Weymouth College 6th form for the £250 raised Christmas Stalls, a Fayre, online and real time auctions, candy canes for Christmas, bike rides, and even the Weymouth harbour swim!

Thank you to the Sunninghill Preparatory School foundation unit for £73.60 raised with their fairytale fashion show.

Thanks to St Peter's Church West Knighton PCC for the £100.

Photo: Sue Moore – Principal, Sarah Everitt and Richard Budd

Weymouth College fund raising dinner in aid of Grace Secondary School. - Thursday 21 January 2010 - raised more than £491.75 thanks to Sarah Everitt, Donna Horlock and all the students and staff for a great night. Wow the food was great too. Thanks also to Craig's Dairy and Weyco Services.

A special thank you to Andrew and Geraldine Farrow – for asking his friends and family to support the Grace Appeal on his 60th Birthday by donating money instead of presents.  £853.52 from the village of Cerne Abbas where Andrew and Geraldine head up the local stores.

If you are passing by Cerne Abbas pop in and say happy birthday to Andrew for us. Cerne Abbas Stores, 9 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7JF or go online to

Matt Allwright is a supporter of the Grace Secondary School Appeal. When asked to be the celebrity host at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2009 he put the Grace appeal forward as one of the charities to benefit from this event. £1,908.80 arrived by post. Thank you so much. Matt is also a patron of SANDS – the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity.

Latest photographs from Grace Secondary School in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. (December 2009) (more photos)

Christmas Ball 20th December 2009!

Photos are free, to download go to and click on "latest work".

What a wonderful night, once again!  Our second annual Grace Charity Christmas Ball was a great success. The weather outside was indeed frightening, but inside the fire burned, the bubbly flowed and the food and entertainment were superb.  Thank you so very much to Kingston Maurward College, Jemma Jeans and all the staff, who once again gave us amazing support.   Thank you also to James Young of Adaugis and all our business sponsors and to everyone who braved the weather to be there and create such a special atmosphere once again.

We raised an outstanding £2,847.81 last night and every penny will go to the school. Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Richard and Claire
P.S. Special thanks to

By Royal Appointment

We were delighted to meet up with HRH the Prince of Wales at the Grace School Assembly project on Wednesday 9th December.  more info

Many thanks to Lauren Pruce who organised Jingle Jam at Dolce Vita in Weymouth. With her fellow students she raised a massive £445 for Grace and by the look of it, they had a great evening as well! See the Facebook site for the photos online.

Had a great surprise this morning £500 from St Peter's Church Dorchester - part of the charitable giving for 2009. Thank you all so much...

Richard Budd was asked by Saint Georges Church, Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset to let the congregation know all about the Grace Appeal progress. A few slides later….We have just been given a box of cash for £245.75 and a couple of anonymous cheques! Total £445.75 Not sure who you are (anonymous person??) but thank you so much.

What a wonderful night – thank you to all that supported this event. Click here to see more. Photo Gallery Now online.

31st October 2009 - Music by well known Dorset Band Ship of Fools

With a special thanks to

CMS Ireland has come up trumps and secured £24,000 of funding for Grace, thanks to David Gough and to Marueen Donnolly and all our friend in NI.  (£10,000 of this has already been transferred to the Sudan and so has been added to our running total)

Now you can read this page in too...thanks to Google.

Today we all had a lesson in Arabic from Rev Bilo.
click for more info

Charity Paintball - Skirmish - 18th October 2009 What a Great Day! £160 in the pot, thanks to all. Well done Oli...Some pics on Facebook. Thanks to Skirmish Dorset . MORE INFO

Whilst the
Grace School Assembly program comes to a close after more than 392 children come to make mud bricks. The children from Sticklands Primary School get a surprise visitor!

Rev Bilo says goodmorning from Richard Budd on Vimeo.

A special visit to the Grace School Assembly project by Rev. Bilo and head teacher Jacob from the Nuba Mountains. Whilst in the UK on other business the two pop in to teach the children some Arabic. click here to read more.

A quick thank you from Rev. Bilo.

Rev Bilo says thank you.... from Richard Budd on Vimeo.

With a special thanks to


Sunday 4th October 2009 11am – 4pm Kings Road Playing Field, Dorchester, Dorset.

Today we attended the One World Festival and made £57.16 in donations. Thanks to Colin.

Volunteers help make the bricks and wooden frame structure in Dorset.

The "first hut" construction days were Saturday 29th August and Saturday 5th September 2009. READ MORE

With a special thanks to

The Grace School Assembly from Richard Budd on Vimeo.

With a special thanks to

Click here to read the full article.

Grace is given Non-Profit status on You Tube - add it to your favorites and
sign up for updates!  Click here for more information..

Grace Takes Shape
Latest pictures from the Nuba Mountains...

We have a Facebook Cause for the Grace Project –
why not join the group.

We have a crew, but want a Squad!

Thanks to Gill and Alan for
A folk concert in aid of Grace Secondary School



Pat Faulkner
Gill and Alan

Sponsored Walk - May 2009
Stephanie Parrett, friends and the staff of All Saints nursery (Poole, Dorset) completed a sponsored walk along the length of the Avon Valley Path.
34 miles from Christchurch to Salisbury, in 2 days - More information click here.

Sophia Grech


Duncan Honeybourne 
John Holt



Music for Grace - Charity Concert - Raised £570.29

The concert featured Mezzo Soprano Sophia Grech, American Trumpeter John Holt and Pianist Duncan Honeybourne - More info click here.


£3,200.00 so far.....


“Lands end to John o Groats”
The staff from Barclays Bank Dorchester and Students from Weymouth College cycled the distance “Lands end to John o Groats” to raise money for Grace Secondary School...... MORE INFO

This event is kindly supported by Weymouth College

It's all about Education...thanks to IPP.

A big thanks to those nice people at IPP, for the kind donation and help with the Grace Secondary School Appeal. A special thanks to Bob for the mentoring and chats about future plans.

IPP Mission Statement: To help our customers improve their business performance, by making it simpler for them to manage the storage, adaptation, production and distribution of their marketing materials

The Yetties - Thanks to the Yetties for very entertaining evening. For more information about up and coming Yetties events click here...... MORE INFO

Hundreds of people in Dorchester, across Dorset and beyond have joined to us to bring a school to a place where there is nowhere for young people to complete their education, a place where only 2% of the population is educated to a primary school level. This school will truly change lives and bring greater prosperity to the whole area.  The young people there want to be teachers, doctors and politicians. There are so many ways to get involved. This website has details of our fundraising events and of how to donate....... MORE INFO

Talk given by Chris Packham - NEVER MIND THE BUZZARDS
Chris is a down-to-earth biologist and pooh, snot and worse are just everyday facets of animal life, so he explains why an albatross's nose runs, why marine iguanas sneeze, ........ MORE INFO

Photo Penny (The Star) Piddock (C) 2009

Thank you so much to the people who supported Grace Secondary School Appeal last night.

YES, you took us over that milestone of £40,000.00 and thank you for the standing ovation for our speaker Chris Packham (what a star!)

Special thanks to Dorchester Camera Club for supporting this event.

Foundation Work has begun...15th April 2009
We have just received the latest photos of work beginning on the construction of Grace Secondary School in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan...MORE INFO

Thomas Hardye School Non-Uniform Day in aid of Grace Secondary School. Friday 3rd April 2009. We have had some amazing emails about this event, well done everyone.  Total raised so far £1,705.90 money still coming in....

A special thanks to Katy Henderson for the cake sales!


£1,115.80 so far......

Weymouth College Charity Social
"Acceptable in the 80's"... MORE INFO

Photo Gallery now online.

The St Osmund’s "26 Challenge Event"
26th February 2009 ..... MORE INFO and View Video


£10,940.67 so far...

Click here to view Photo Gallery


St Osmund’s Head Mr Ron Jenkinson with baby Enoch (Bishop Andudu’s son from the Nuba Mountains, Sudan) during a visit of the Bishops' wives in 2008


Many thanks to Stoke-On-Trent Lions Club
For the kind donation of £250 towards the Grace Appeal.

Mike Woodland & Shawn Haselgrove Exhibition- all for a good cause

Mike Woodland & Shawn Haselgrove working hard to support Grace Secondary School.

Dorset photographers Mike Woodland & Shawn Haselgrove took time out to hold an exhibition of their beautiful landscapes in aid of Grace Secondary School. The show, at the Fox Inn in Ansty pulled in the crowds and made more than £550 for Grace.  The pair have also kindly offered to give Grace half the money from the sale of their work up until the end of April.  For more details go to their websites  and   The work comes in a wide range of formats and is very reasonably priced.  A great gift idea, helping Grace Secondary School at the same time.  Thanks guys.

Dorset-based photographer Mike Woodland has unveiled details of his upcoming exhibition, in support of the Grace Secondary School Project, Sudan.... MORE INFO

A big thanks to Mike and Shaun for the donation of £550.00 from photographic print sales at the exhibition. More info visit &

"The Gift of Grace: a concert for Sudan"... MORE INFO

Many thanks to Sarah and the team for putting on a fantastic night. A massive thank you for all your hard work and support. Ray Pontin for all the children and the amazing skills shown by his pupils.

"The Gift of Grace: a concert for Sudan" by the Trinity Consort and St Osmund's School Choir.  

Charity Music Concert.
Hosted & Supported by St Mary's Church Dorchester...... MORE INFO

Today I went to St John’s Church, Hartley Wintney and was given a Tube of Smarties!

Donations included £110.35 – the congregation are collecting pennies in their Tubes during Lent for Grace Secondary School Appeal. Thanks to Andrew Darinanin the Children's & Youth Minister and the team and kind people from St John’s Church. Thank you for your time and words and actions of encouragement.

Richard Budd
P.S. I even got a star from Andrew for being a good boy!



The Pancake Party in St. George’s Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset on Shrove Tuesday, 24th February

Thanks to the Thursday Group for the £95, being 50% of the net proceeds from this event.

“I did go a little crazy with 5 pancakes (paid for i must add), but hey, no dinner for me! Many thanks all those who helped put on a great event” Richard Budd

Progress report in February 2009:
100,000 bricks made. Picture shows kiln firing some of the bricks. See our April 2009 update.

The winner of the Vivienne Westwood bag kindly donated by AREA was

Tim Challinor & Sharon Rogers

We would like to thank AREA and ALL the ticket outlets for the help in selling draw tickets well done and thank you.... MORE INFO

Leading by example – from the roof!

In order to help put a roof on Grace School Mr Jenkinson is spending 26 hours on the school roof of St Osmund’s. He is due to come down at 2pm today (Tuesday 10th Feb).

During this time he will only eat the same calorific amount that a Sudanese teenager would eat in the course of a day.

Pupils have been supporting the Head with donations and should you also wish to mark this with a private donation then please do so!


Latest news from Kadugli – volunteer’s clear road to Grace Secondary School site. MORE INFO

Charity Christmas Ball 21st December 2008

Hosted & Supported by Kingston Maurward

To view and purchase photography from the night click here. All profit from print sales goes to the Grace Appeal.

School building work is underway - click here for more info

Visit to Kadugli  November 2008

From Khartoum I caught the bus to Dilling. It took about 17 hours or so, over very bumpy ground.  After that it was another 4 hours in a jeep to the house of Bishop Andudu, in Kadugli.  I stayed there overnight and we spent the following day trying to fix the jeep for our journey to Kurchi.  Eventually, a tractor battery was found and we managed to jump start the jeep.  We began the rough journey through the floods from the rains, which came into the vehicle and made our feet wet. READ MORE...

You can even look at the images with this Postcard Viewer. Use the space bar and the arrow keys to view or the mouse is good too.

Click on the pile of photographs.

Peace – Grace Christmas Cards now available.

If you would like to support Grace Secondary School Appeal – why not buy some Grace Christmas Cards. For more information Click Here.

Kindly sponsored by those nice young men at

Advantage Digital Print – Dorchester 01305 757472

8th Dec 08 - Street Collection - £183.69 thanks to all that helped out.

Richard Budd Presentation / Talk “Words in Action”.
7:30pm Wednesday 3rd December 2008 St Martin’s Community Hall Broadmayne, Dorset.

"Thank you all for coming along to the talk on a cold and dark winter’s night. Although the idea of this evening was for US to say thank you to YOU for your already generous support of the project. Grace came away with a massive £311.50

A special thanks to the Methodist Church." Richard Budd

Grace Secondary School attended the
Christmas Craft and Gourmet Food Fair

Celebrating gourmet local foods and hand-made Dorset crafts.

The event included an art competition for local children.


The Event raised £503.06 thank you Louisa and the Team.

The good people of Downpatrick in Northern Ireland have been giving a huge amount of support to Grace Secondary School. Led by Maureen Donnelly (who spent time working in the Sudan in her younger days) they held a sale which raised an amazing £731. She is pictured here with the Dean of Down and EK McGrady MP for Co. Down. Other donations from Northern Ireland total more than £500.   Thank you and keep up the good work!!

Fashion Show SOLD out and raised £1,237.70 - more info

Photo by Penny Piddock (C) 2008

We would really like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the event and to our sponsors and people who gave their time and energy. Kingston Maurward, Medusa Hair and Beauty, Orchid Fashion, Emergency DJs, Sarah Bernsen party decorator, Castle Gardens Poundbury, singer Joe Jones, Students from Yeovil College lighting and costume design courses, Dorchester Camera Club, Stage Electrics, ADP, Lamart, friends and family.

Street Collections - £923.84 thanks to all that helped out. - more info

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Natasha Lillington gave up FACEBOOK for a day and sent us a tenner! "You star!" RB

But don't stop joining our Facebook Group.

Poster to download to help fundraising. (File is PDF ready to print)

Video footage from BBC coverage of Sudan