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The Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF) and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard) hosted an event today in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, to announce plans to merge and form the UK’s leading boarding school bursary charity.

HRH The Princess Royal - who was previously Patron of the RNCF - will act as Patron of the new charity, which will legally launch on 1 July 2017 (the charity’s name is still being finalised). As a result of the merger, more than 600 disadvantaged children will be able to attend UK boarding schools from September 2017. There, they will be given the opportunity to fulfil their true academic and personal potential.

The move unites two charities with exceptional experience of transforming children’s lives by enabling their education at boarding school. 2015 research by the RNCF showed that 94% of vulnerable children supported by the charity completed their boarding-school education and went on to lead full...

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