Shimla: Bishop Cotton School (BCS) Shimla, one of the oldest residential schools of the country, welcomed local cancer patients from the IGMC hospital to the school for a day of fun, entertainment and celebration.
It was Sarbjeet Singh Bobby, who runs a Roti Bank for the needy in the city, who put forth a proposal that the school host an event that would bring some joy to those suffering from cancer.
Several buses ferried the patients and their carers into BCS where they enjoyed a special multi-faith service in Hindi and English that the children put together with prayers and songs of praise.
Later the boys put on a mini fete with a band, dancing and games where the patients could win prizes.
Speaking about the event BCS Director, Simon Weale, said: “The whole day was a wonderful experience and the children brought joy and happiness for a moment to these local patients who are going through some very difficult treatment.
Cottonians made us all proud as they sung beautiful songs of praise, played music in the band, danced the Nati with the patients and acted as waiters serving up food,” said Weale adding “Thanks must go to all involved in this joyous occasion, especially Sarbjeet Bobby, our BCS Chaplain, music teachers and musicians. Also to the driving force behind the day – Mitansh (Class 10) and the Foundation Committee of Cottonians.”
Founded in 1859 BCS is one of the oldest residential schools in Asia that has played a fundamental role in shaping the development of public schools and education in India as well as producing a host of well-known and successful alumni.