S. Anselm’s is delighted to be the first school in the UK to launch a groundbreaking new campaign – Out of Africa – in support of the much loved Born Free Foundation, by joining forces with Bamford’s Auctioneers, Holme Hall and the Born Free Foundation itself.

A special assembly was held at which TV presenter and auctioneer James Lewis, introduced the Campaign, talking about his passion as a patron for the Born Free Foundation. He went on to explain to a very excited hall of children, how each and every one of the S. Anselm’s children can get personally involved and make a difference to the future of the Africa’s precious animals and wildlife.

We also received a personalised film message from none other than Virginia McKenna OBE.

Virginia McKenna OBE

The campaign will build up to a major event on 21st and 22nd June 2019 – a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest ever auction by a solo auctioneer – James Lewis himself.  The auction will raise funds to to help wildlife around the world.

S. Anselm’s children will be setting out to generate sponsorship for the auction, at which they will be directly involved – as runners, porters and administrators – working with and alongside many celebrity guests – as well as participating in media interviews and coverage surrounding the event.

The campaign will enable the children to learn about other cultures, wildlife conservation and caring for our planet and ultimately feel empowered for change. They will also be forging links with the Maasai tribe and two very lucky children will have the opportunity to travel to Africa to work alongside conservationists there!

The 24-hour Guiness World Record Auction will start at 6.30pm on Friday 21st June at Bamford’s Auction House in Rowsley – to which over 1,000 have been donated to Bamfords. The grand finale will see the auction move in minutes to the historical setting of Haddon Hall, where we will hopefully witness the setting of a new Guinness World Record and raise even more money for Born Free. Guests will arrive from 6.30pm for a lavish evening filled with entertainment. Here the pinnacle of the auction will take place with 50 spectacular ‘money can’t buy’ lots including some impressive lots donated by the patrons of the Born Free Foundation.

For further information about this amazing event and how you can support the children of S. Anselm’s in raising much needed funds for such a wonderful cause, please visit and bookmark our new ‘Out of Africa’ webpage which we’ll be keeping constantly updated over the next weeks and months.  Thank you.