Staff panto raises money for OL’s charitable foundation Monday 12 February 2018 Alumni A staff pantomime at GSAL has raised £5,000 for the Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation, a charity set up by Robert (OL00) to support families affected by life threatening and terminal illnesses. Panto favourite Jack and the Beanstalk played to full houses over three nights at the school and featured memorable performances from staff and pupils. Head of geography Simon Knowles wrote, directed and starred in this modern day version of the traditional tale, bringing it right up to date with plenty of topical references including the ‘giant’ in the form of Donald Trump. As Robert’s former rugby coach, Simon chose to support the charity in tribute to Robert, and invited his parents Michael and Suzanne Davidson to school to receive the cheque. Michael said: “As a committee we’re determined to make the charity that Robert set up a success, to honour his memory and help other families like his. We’ve only been going a short time but already are making a real difference.” The foundation was set up by Robert following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease in 2015. He died in December 2016, aged 34, and the charity is now being run by his family as a lasting legacy to him. The foundation aims to help with money worries as well as provide grants for specialist equipment and for much needed respite. Visit the Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation website to find out more, or to make a donation to Robert’s Just Giving page. Pictured presenting the cheque to Suzanne and Michael are Y12 students Will Poskitt and Josh Borlant (front and back end of Buttercup the cow), and Simon Knowles.