This morning our school community gathered together for a special Charities Assembly. Each year we select two charities to support through our fundraising activities. Last year we raised £6,500 for our two chosen charities, WWF and Canal & River Trust, through a combination of fundraising events including our Going Green charity day.
Ahead of this morning’s assembly it had been decided that we would continue our existing relationship with Project Gambia. It was lovely to see some of our pupils and members of the Parents’ Association on site over the summer, packaging old uniform donations together to send to Gambia. Thanks to donations from King’s Hawford, a total of 27 bags were packed ready for collection by the charity. The selection of our second charity was put to the pupil body who performed a live vote in The Barn during assembly.
The pupils gathered in The Barn listened intently as four Year 6 students put forward the case for each of their chosen charities. First up, Florence spoke passionately about why she believed that The Little Princess Trust was a charity we should support. She informed her peers of the wonderful work that the charity does in supporting young people with cancer by producing over 8000 real-hair wigs and donating money for research. Next Olivia and Imogen put forward their case for the Children’s Air Ambulance. They talked to the audience about the life-saving work that the charity does by providing transfer missions for sick children. The charity works with 10 NHS Hospital Trusts and helps to reduce transport times. Each mission costs the charity £3,500. Last up, Ned, asked the audience to consider supporting UNICEF. Inspired by the plight of Afghan refugees, Ned was keen for the School to support UNICEF to help the charity to continue its work at home and abroad. The charity helps the most disadvantaged children and adolescents and is responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.
The vote that followed gave each pupil the opportunity to use their voice. It was a close vote which saw UNICEF chosen as the school’s second charity for the academic year. All funds raised across the academic year will be split between Project Gambia and UNICEF. At King’s Hawford, fundraising events are run across the year and range from bake sales via concerts and competitions to sponsored events. The first charity event of the academic year is fast approaching with a ‘Dare to be Different’ day taking place on Friday 15th October, alongside the first charity bake sale of the year. Mr Stigant invited children to put forward any event suggestions that they might have. The Student Council is due to be elected next week and will also be consulted on fundraising events going forward.