Charities

All pupils are encouraged to help organise and support a range of activities to contribute to local and national charities. In doing so we feel it is important to raise their awareness that there are people in the world less fortunate, and that people’s practical needs can be met.

Normanhurst has a well-established Charity Committee, run by the pupils themselves, to raise funds for worthy local and national causes. Last year pupils supported a number of worthy charities and good causes including Ali’s Gift, United World Schools and the David Ashwell Foundation.

Charity Committee Evie and Nicolas

Captain Tom Challenge

All of the junior pupils participated in either 100 jumps jumping jacks or star jumps in
celebration of Sir Captain Tom’s birthday. The pupils on this occasion managed to raise £85 which has been donated to the charity Young Minds, who continue to support young people growing up and experiencing challenges.

Diana’s Where’s Wally Fun Run

Diana in Year 3 has supported the National Literacy Trust Charity, and took part in the Where’s Wally Fun Run on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of March 2021. She ran 10K around Lee Valley and has managed to raise £200 to support the literacy and learning of all children across the UK. She enjoyed the opportunity to raise money for such an important trust and as a school we are very proud of her efforts. Well done Diana!

Operation Christmas Child Appeal 2020

With all the current restrictions due to Covid-19, the Charity Committee have been unable to hold as many fundraisers as usual this term. Thank you to those of you who supported our new initiative to sell Normanhurst advent calendars in aid of our chosen charities. Many thanks also to all the parents and pupils who donated shoeboxes to our annual Operation Christmas Child appeal. This year we received 115 shoeboxes packed with toys and goodies for less fortunate children around the world.

Nicolas and Sofia’s Advent Collection For Charity

Well done to siblings Nicolás (Year 6) and Sofía (Year 4) who have been busy caring for others. With the help of neighbours and classmates, they have managed to collect 60 advent calendars for a local charity called ‘Bags of Kindness’. Bags of Kindness work with victims of domestic violence and will be able to give the advent calendars to spread Christmas joy. Both Nicolás and Sofía are very pleased with the amount of advent calendars they managed to collect and as a school we are proud of them!

Halloween Cake Sale

“26th October,  the day we had excitedly been planning for, had finally arrived: we were going to hold a front garden Halloween charity cake sale, along with Jasmine (year 6), Nina (year 3) and Elizabeth (year 4). It was touch-and-go for a while whether we could hold our charity event with all of the Covid restrictions and the extremely poor weather, but luck was on our side. For the last few days we had been slaving away to bake and decorate. Now at last we could decorate the front garden with bunting and balloons to make it look exciting to passers-by and, even though it was cold, the weather was dry so we were hopeful that the cakes would all be sold. There were delicious cupcakes, wonderful cookies, yummy banana bread and, the most popular, lemon drizzle. The cake sale was to raise money for ‘Young Minds’, a charity that supports children and young adults with their mental health and give them strength during Covid-19. After two hours of selling, we were really glad to see that we had made an exceptional £203! It was heart-warming to see all the customers’ happy faces.”

By Dylan and John (year 6)

British Dyslexia Association

In October, Normanhurst Juniors celebrated Dyslexia Awareness Day by wearing red and donating money to the British Dyslexia Association. The juniors learnt a lot about the many attributes to dyslexia and found out about many of the unknown things linked to it. Thank you to everyone who donated, we raised a total of £89.00!

Virtual Harvest Festival 2020

Instead of our usual Harvest Festival celebrations, Normanhurst pupils did things a little differently this year. Different year groups recorded themselves singing, acting, reading and showing off their work which was then put together into a wonderful, virtual Harvest Festival. A huge thank you for all your donations, they are sure to make a huge difference.

The Little Princess Trust

Well done to Year 5 pupil, Bahar, who donated 20cm of her hair to The Little Princess Trust. Bahar had been growing her hair solely with the purpose to donate it to charity, so was thrilled when she found out it was finally long enough to cut!

NHS Charities

We are so proud of two of our pupils who raised an amazing £700 for NHS PPE during the Coronavirus pandemic. To raise the money they went on a 10k charity bike ride, which they said they found tough, but a lot of fun!

Honeypot Charity

Last year, we handed over a cheque to the Honeypot Charity for £1300!  A representative came to school and spoke to the children about the charity and how this money will help. The charity has been working to enhance the lives of young carers aged 5-12 since 1996. They give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home, and provides regular respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

This donation was achieved through a series of fundraising efforts such as cake sales, a sponsored walk, non-uniform days, raffles and various other activities. We couldn’t have done it without your donations, so thank you!

Macmillan Cancer Research

During our Macmillan Coffee Morning, we managed to raise an impressive £512.44. There were so many different types of cakes and sweet treats on offer, many people found it hard to decide what to buy! Thank you everyone for your generosity, the funds raised are sure to make a huge difference to the charity.

Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

You may have come across the Operation Christmas Child initiative, which thousands of churches, schools and businesses across the UK are already part of. Alongside sending shoeboxes overseas, the charity respond to issues like water and sanitation and sustainable livelihoods along with disasters and emergencies.

Recently, our netball team enjoyed playing against the teachers in a charity match to raise money for Samaritan’s Purse. Everyone had great fun, with the close game being won by the teachers.

 

Some chosen charities over recent years have been:

  • Barnardos
  • NSPCC
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Poppy Appeal
  • St Thomas of Canterbury Soup Run
  • Trussell Trust
  • Lifeboats
  • Children with Leukaemia
  • Dylan’s Story
  • Ali’s Gift
  • David Ashwell Foundation
  • United World Schools in Cambodia
  • And many more…