Hasmonean High School for Boys and Hasmonean High School for Girls have raised a record breaking £1.7m during a 36 hour online fundraising campaign.

The money raised will be used to maintain and improve the quality of education, pastoral care and SEND provision. It will help to fund the Kodesh curriculum, informal education programme (HIPE), digital technology, smaller class sizes, make it possible to provide a broad curriculum, improve mental health support, and maintain both the after school and lunchtime clubs. All of these programmes make Hasmonean more than just a school, they develop the bonds that create that unique sense of family which has made our supporters proud to say #weareHASMO.

To launch the campaign, a group of generous donors vowed to double all donations made between 10am on Sunday and 10pm on Monday. The initial £1.2m target was reached with some 10 hours still to go, triggering a bonus round to raise an additional £500,000 to reach a £1.7m bonus target. This was achieved shortly before the 10pm deadline on Monday night.

The #weareHASMO campaign was led by a committee comprising trustees, governors, staff and parents. Current and past students featured heavily in the publicity materials, which laid out the unique elements of Hasmonean’s rich educational and extra-curricular programmes that donations will help to fund.

In his message to donors, Hasmonean MAT CEO, Andrew McClusky, described Hasmonean as “the beating heart of the community” and expressed his pride in leading the Trust. He commented “With the combined efforts of each segment of the community, Hasmonean remains the flagship Orthodox Jewish institution that it is today. Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign – in particular Chair of the Fundraising Committee Mr Ben Shooter together with his wife Mrs Katie Shooter and campaign leaders Mrs Jodi Benaim and Mrs Dalia Leaf all those generous trustees, governors and community members who provided the matched funding – Hasmonean will not only continue to survive but will flourish.”