Charity Work & Fundraising
We believe that charities are an integral part of every community. We recognise that charities change the lives of people in need every day with even the smallest of donations making a large impact in a community. We are resolute in ensuring that our students always consider those less fortunate than themselves.
We do a lot of fundraising organised organised centrally by us, but also have many students who have been inspired to run their own campaigns completely independently.
Every year we hold a whole school Sponsored Walk. The entire school is involved. We walk from school along the Worth Way to Crawley Down, where most stop for a spot of lunch, and then do the return journey back to school – 10 miles (16km) in total. Most students wear fancy dress and the atmosphere is amazing. Members of the public are incredibly complimentary about the attitude and behaviour of our students and we always look forward to the emails and phonecalls after the event. In consultation with students and staff, the student headship team elect a charity each year, trying to alternate each year between a local and international charity.
“For our 2016 Sponsored Walk, students and staff voted to support The Children’s Trust. This is a National charity for children with brain injury and they care for children from all over the UK. Their rehabilitation centre is in Tadworth, Surrey. We needed to raise £16,000 to fund the introduction of “Eyegaze Technology” into four of their classrooms so that youngsters can communicate using their eyes. This would be a great support to children who cannot currently speak or sign. However, as usual, our staff, students and their families and friends were incredible. Including Gift Aid, together they raised an incredible final total of:
We look forward to hearing how the children are being helped by this technology. Thank you to everyone who took part or supported in the fundraising. What a fantastic team effort!
Please visit their website to find out more about the amazing work they do. www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk”
For our 2015 Sponsored Walk our chosen charity was Coco’s Foundation. This is a local charity founded by Chris Connors (owner of Coco’s hair salons) which is committed to improving the lives of orphans in South Africa. Sadly, there are no state orphanages in South Africa. Coco’s has made a phenomenal impact with its projects in the KwaZulu region; for example the building of an orphanage, houses, village hall and reservoir. All the orphans have HIV as a result of being abused and raped. However many of the orphans are unable to go to school because they are looking after their younger siblings. Therefore we decided that we would like to provide the funds to build a crèche this October so that the so that the youngest siblings can be cared for during the day which enables the older children to get an education. To do this we needed to raise £15,000.
However, as usual, our staff, students and their families and friends were incredible. They raised an amazing:
We look forward to the updates from Chris about how the creche is progressing. Every penny raised will go directly to the building of the creche. The charity has no administration overheads or costs, and all the volunteers are self funded.
Please visit their website to find out more about the amazing work they do. www.cocosfoundation.co.uk
In 2013-14 we committed to raising funds in aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation. This is a local charity which educates and cares for young people aged 3-25 with complex physical disabilities and health needs. We wanted to raise enough money so that they could build a multi-sensory recreational area to replace a tarmac courtyard. This required £12,000.
However, as always, our students were amazing and raised an incredible £14,422. Wow!!
In March 2015 work on the multi-sensory recreational area was complete! Visit the following links to see the results!
Mid Sussex Times: “School raises thousands in aid of Chailey charity”
Non Uniform days
At the end of each term we hold a non-uniform day and each student is asked to donate £1. At our last non-uniform day at the end of last term (December 17th 2015) we raised £964.63. This was split equally between the CoCo’s Foundation and Girl Guiding Sussex.
Fundraising over the last 6 years
In 2012-13 we raised £13,500 to fund a computer room in a brand new school attached to an orphanage in Kenya. We receive regular updates from New Life Africa and are delighted with the impact that our fundraising has had. We have funded holidays for disadvantaged children, made contributions to medical research, funded cows to Africa, sponsored house building in Kenya, and that is just the tip of the iceberg! You will see below what we have donated over the last few years. Overall it is an astonishing £92,511. We are so incredibly proud of our students and their compassion and sense of duty.
|New Life Africa||£13,512.54|
|Free the Children||£8,483.30|
|CCHF All about Kids||£ 8,092.43|
|Multiple Sclerosis Society||£4,864.99|
|Outreach 3 Way||£4,659.99|
|Sussex Air Ambulance||£3,308.10|
|Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work||£3,308.10|
|Children in Need||£3,629.75|
|Breast Cancer Campaign||£1,099.61|
|St Catherine’s Hospice||£831.81|
|Girl Guiding Sussex||£482.31|
|Comic Relief||£ 420.00|
|Nick Webber Trust||£414.72|
|Guide Dogs for the Blind||£400.00|
|Crawley Open House||£380.00|
|Coco’s Foundation (through Girl Guides)||£367.75|
|Nepal Earthquake Disaster Appeal||£113.30|