Our designated charity this year is The Great North Air Ambulance. They have 3 helicopters serving the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. The crew provide vital pre-hospital care to severely injured or ill people, saving many lives. We were asked to support the charity along with other Billingham schools by Danni Hollis, the parent of Harry Gray who tragically took his own life last year.
We will, of course, continue to support The Goodwill Village in India via Friday penny and our Thandigudi day later in the year in support of Venktrakaman who is 8 years old and left his home due to the lack of rain resulting in his family struggling to grow their crops.
Our designated charity is 4 Louis this year. 4 Louis is a charity in aid of bereaved parents. It was started as a focus for one parent’s grief upon giving birth to her “beautiful sleeping angel, Louis Robert Joseph Knight.” The charity seeks to help the families of babies that are stillborn. 17 babies are stillborn everyday in the UK and there is very little available to help them rebuild their shattered lives. 4 Louis provide memory boxes to hospitals across the UK for stillbirth, neo-natal, infant and child loss so that as many memories as possible can be captured.
In support of Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February until 12th March), we invited parents and families to have breakfast with their children in the week beginning 6th March.A special thank you to Steve at Norton Cooperative Food for donating Fairtrade products in support of our breakfast.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our lovely children for taking part in our ‘Go Run for Fun’ and ‘Park Run’ sponsored events in July. It was lovely to see so many parents and family members support their children during the event and even run along with them.
Our Rights Respecting Champions organised the event with help from Miss Hansen to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. CLIC Sargent fully supports Article 24: All children have the right to the best form of healthcare and treatment which is why the children thought it was so important that we raise funds for this charity.
Their participation and your kind donations in the form of sponsorship have raised an incredible £3615.15 for CLIC Sargent.
On the last day of last term we raised £361.97 from not wearing uniform and £182.50 from the games and activities set up by Year 6. Thandigudi day is our main funding raising event to support the child we sponsor in the Goodwill Village in India. Currently our child is called Venktrakaman, he is 7 years old and left his home due to the lack of rain resulting in his family struggling to grow their crops.
This year, we aim to continue our support to the Goodwill Children’s Homes, which provides funding to give long term care and education to destitute children in South India, by sponsoring a whole village. Throughout the year, ‘penny challenge’ events will take place alongside our current ‘Friday Penny’ collection – all year groups will complete against each other to see who can raise the most pennies.
Year 1 kicked off our ‘Penny Challenge’ in November with their ‘Penny for the Guy’. The children have continued to bring pennies into school and so far, have raised £23 – well done, Year 1!
£441.91 was raised from the sale of poppies and poppy related articles. This is a fantastic collection and far exceeds monies raised previously. Jerome and Ruby (Y5) were our school collectors and diligently took the collection tins around the school each day of the appeal.
In addition to our on-going support to the Goodwill Children’s Homes, we also raised money for a number of different charities.
In October 2014, £331.20 was raised for Daisy Chain. The charity, which was established in 2003, provides a range of services, including support and activity groups for the whole family, to meet the needs of each family member and also offer fun activities to bring them closer together as a unit.
In December 2014, £48.80 was raised by holding a coffee morning with our parents. MacMillian are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. They give so much more than medical help.
In March, we had a non-school uniform day in support of EHRA (Elephant – Human Relations Aid), and have currently raised a total of £391.18. We are in collaboration with Stockton Riverside College to support their Youth Wilderness Challenge 2015. The Elephant Human Relations Aid reduces conflict between elephants and humans by working on the ground, providing practical and realistic solutions. The award-winning volunteer project enables anyone wanting to volunteer in Africa to contribute towards elephant conservation and really make a difference. Our money will be used to help with the renovation of the buildings and providing necessary resources for the pupils of A.Gariseb Primary School in Namibia.
In June 2015, the children participated in their annual Thandigudi Day activities, raising money for our sponsored child in the Goodwill Children’s Homes (which provides funding to give long term care and education to destitute children in South India).
In July 2014, we raised £690.59 for the Goodwill Children’s Home.