The Inky Fund
In 2008, The R K Ingram Fund was founded to remember Inky, Headmaster at the Dragon between 1965 and 1989. Since that time, over 1,000 donations have been received from more than 200 Old Dragons, former parents and staff. A total of £265k has been raised to date.
As originally intended, the fund continues to support pupils who have been impacted by the illness or death of a parent, or some other unforeseen circumstance. Each year, a small number of children benefit from this fund, and in very exceptional cases, for example chronic illness leading to a significant financial impact on a family, a child may be supported for several years. Last year, the Inky Fund ensured that three pupils completed their year’s education; these children were also nurtured through some very challenging times by the School community.
The Inky Fund helps to ensure that the School can look after children’s welfare when circumstances change. In recent years, some £50k per year has typically been needed from these hardship funds to support children and families; last year the Inky Fund contributed £22k. To date, £159k from the fund has helped children benefit from the stability and security of the Dragon during an unstable time in their young lives. The Dragon is also fortunate to receive contributions from The Lynam Educational Fund, an independent charity linked closely to the School with Objects that include making grants to enable parents to keep their children at the Dragon. As a result, the Inky fund retains a healthy balance of almost £121k. These two funds mean that the School can continue to put the welfare of any child impacted by a dramatic change in family circumstances first and foremost.