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The Legacy Trees | A Pledge Fulfilled

If You Will They Can

Back in 2016, The Legacy Committee for The Arnold Foundation set its sights on securing 450 legacy pledges in anticipation of Rugby School's 450th Anniversary. Six years later, after achiving this milestone, we are proud to have the largest legacy society in the Head's Conference (HMC).

To honour our wonderfully generous legacy donors and pledgers, we recently erected two 'Legacy Trees' near the entrance to the Lewis Gallery. Beautifully designed and perfectly positioned on the edge of the Close, these unique structures proudly display the names of these 450 Rugbeians, parents, and friends of the School .

The 'tree' is a powerful and symbolic concept that was chosen to symbolise strength, continuity and longevity. It reflects the strong foundation provided by our donors, it represents the role donors play in nourishing and sustaining the growth of the foundation, and its branches signify the diverse areas of impact provided. Each leaf bears the name of individual donors to recognize their contributions, providing a tangible and lasting tribute that can be added to over time.

The monoliths serve as a testament to exceptional generosity, acknowledging not only the intrinsic value but also the profound impact of legacy gifts. It is extraordinary to note the remarkable commitment demonstrated by many of our Arnold Foundation Ambassadors, who have personally pledged to include a gift in their Wills, ensuring a legacy for future generations at the School.

Head Master Gareth Parker Jones expressed his pride in the landmark installation, describing it as a 'beacon of optimism and a symbol of generosity.' 

Gratitude is extended to Adrian Fox (M 75-79), the inaugural President of the Charles Shorto Legacy Society, for his pivotal role over the past two years in sustaining the campaign's momentum. In 2024, the baton will be passed to Chidi Chidi-Ofong (Sh 85-90), who will continue to champion the call for legacy giving.


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