At the beginning of this academic year, each student house was tasked with identifying and nominating a local charity, as well as proposing events and/or fundraising ideas. Once their charity was chosen, a representative from each was invited into School to meet with students, speaking about the charity in general, the support it delivers to the local community and the impact of funds raised. For the house that raises the most money there is the promise of winning a cup at prize giving day, an honour worth fighting for our students agree.
This year’s chosen charities, respective houses and funds raised and donated so far this academic year are as follows:
The Teapot Project Home | The Teapot Project
£598.34 raised so far this year
Suffolk Wildlife Trust Welcome to Suffolk Wildlife Trust | Suffolk Wildlife Trust
£273.15 raised so far this year
RDA Woodbridge RDA Woodbridge
£774.67 raised so far this year
Zest Zest – Young Adult Services – St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich
£152.50 raised so far this year
Fundraisers have been fantastic and included: bake sales, sweet sales, football penalty shoot-outs, hot chocolate sales, a limbo competition, the sale of delicious donuts, guessing the number of sweets in a jar and a name the Easter bunny competition. Students are encouraged to continually consider and propose fundraising ideas and events, with that cup at prize giving day front of mind!
At times, students also raise money for an identified charity for a specific season or time of year, and last year at Christmas that charity was Home-Start in Suffolk Home Start in Suffolk | Supporting children and families. Recognising that there may be members of the local community in need of additional support, particularly at this time of year, students held various events and raised and donated £2,167.35 for local families in need of additional support. Thanking us for our donation the charity recently wrote to the School explaining, “We wish to confirm receipt your donation, on behalf of everyone here at Home-Start in Suffolk we would like to thank you for the generous donation to help support families in the local area. The last 2 years has been a challenge for everyone, and we have seen a huge rise in the need of families across the county. Home-Start in Suffolk could not do what we do without the support of a caring community so thank you again for your kind support.”
The School also recently held a non-uniform day in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine; between the payments form students for the privilege of a day at School in clothes of their choice as well as donations from parents, we were able to raise and donate over £1,600 to this worthy cause.
With more fundraising on the horizon including a penalty shoot-out and a sponge throwing event at which Michael Streat will return to defend his King of sponging title, there’s plenty of opportunity to increase the funds raised so far and for students to win that cup! We’ll update you regularly on charitable fundraising efforts and amounts.