'What you did for the least of my brethren you did unto me' Matthew 25:40
Throughout the year, our students and staff engage in a number of fundraising events to benefit our chosen charities. The charities that are being supported this academic year 2019-2020 are:
• Harvest Food Bank donation/ Monetary donation to CAFOD
• MIND (Mental Health Awareness Day)
• Macmillan - Grandparents Afternoon and Welcome Back Tea
• RBL - Poppy appeal
• Christmas charity - to be chosen by School Council
• Seniors: Lenten Lunches – CAFOD
• Prep: Father Hudson’s Good Shepherd Appeal (Collection boxes)
• To be decided by School Council
Charities that we supported for the academic year 2018-2019 were;
Macmillan - The prep school children invite their Grandparents on a tour of the school and then ask them to join and support our PFA who sell cakes, coffee, and tea in aid of Macmillan Cancer’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.’
Macmillan knows how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. They are here to support and help those affected take back some control in their life. From help with money worries and advice about work to someone who will listen if people just want to talk. Please click the following link for more information www.macmillan.org.uk
Harvest Giving - We continue to support the local food bank, recognising poverty on our doorstep. All members of our school community donate food items which they then deliver to the food bank in Stoke.
The Trussell Trust runs many food banks across the UK, they partner with local communities to help stop UK hunger. Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of food banks provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing a crisis in the UK. In 2016/17, they gave 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Please click the following link for more information www.trusselltrust.org
This year we are also supporting the CAFOD 'Brighten Up for Harvest' initiative. Pupils and staff will be wearing a brightly coloured garment on Monday the 1st October and donating a £1 for the privilege. In doing so we are standing in solidarity with the poor; making a very visible statement, which says we recognise injustice and challenge it!
RBL Poppy Appeal - In the centenary year of the end of the great war it is important that our community acknowledges the sacrifice paid for our freedom, by so many.
All pupils are given the opportunity to purchase their poppies through the school for the RBL.
The Royal British Legion is a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families, and dependents. Please click the following link for more information www.britishlegion.org.uk
Teenage Cancer Trust - Our Christmas Charity this year has been voted for by the school council. After a visit from a Teenage Cancer Trust rep, at the end of the Summer Term, pupils felt moved to respond to this charity. Monies collected after the 'Festival of Carols' will be forwarded to this very worthwhile cause.
Lenten Giving - During the Spring Term, our prep school pupils collect money in their collection boxes for Father Hudson’s Good Shepherd Appeal.
Father Hudson's is the Social Care Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham; their aim is to offer help and support to people in need, improving their quality of life. Please click the following link for more information www.fatherhudsons.org.uk
CAFOD – We continue with our Lenten Lunches in the senior school. Funds will be raised by students who will give up one of their Friday lunchtimes during Lent, and join their form teacher and friends in eating a simple bread and cheese lunch. The purpose of the lunch is to eat simply and in solidarity with those less fortunate. The money usually spent on a school lunch or lunch brought from home can be given up in exchange for some bread and cheese and this, in turn, will help the poor through the work of CAFOD.
CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. They are an international charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, they help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential. Please click the following link for more information https://cafod.org.uk
As chosen by the School Council, MIND, the national charity for mental health, was the recipient of our Summer Term charity fund raising. We raised money by holding a whole school football match on the Sports Field, complete with cheerleaders. Great fun was had by all.