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.
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“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!
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!
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 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:
- British Heart Foundation
- Poppy Appeal
- St Thomas of Canterbury Soup Run
- Trussell Trust
- Children with Leukaemia
- Dylan’s Story
- Ali’s Gift
- David Ashwell Foundation
- United World Schools in Cambodia
- And many more…