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A year of charitable endeavour
The Gower School, London, had their biggest ever Strawberry Tea fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care and raised £1000. Over 300 children, from babies to
11 years old, and their families came together dressed in
pink and red to have fun and fundraise. There was much joy and laughter, as the children enjoyed jumping on bouncy castles, riding on donkeys, dancing around the maypole, playing sports and games, enjoying face painting, running through giant bubbles, getting their picture taken with the Arsenal football team mascot, Gunnersaurus. Strawberry Tea meant piles of strawberries to eat with their family picnics, many parents baked delicious goodies to sell at the cake stall, and the judges had a hard time choosing winners from the 21 amazing entries to the Bake Off competition, which were sold after judging. Willow Spencer, aged 11, won  rst prize in the Bake Off. The event culminated with a spectacular raf e with prizes generously donated by The Gower School parents and local businesses.
Principal Miss Emma Gowers said: “We had an amazing community effort for this event from children, parents and our hard working staff team, and
I am very proud of everyone’s determination to raise as much as possible for Breast Cancer Care, whilst having so much fun. We all work very hard, and I think family events like this are important – they are the things which we remember from our childhoods.”
All the proceeds will go to
Breast Cancer Care, which is
the UK’s leading provider of information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast
cancer. All their services are free and provided by specialist staff alongside trained volunteers who have had or been closely affected by breast cancer. They are also committed to campaigning for better treatment and support for people with breast cancer.
Last year, children at Ballard School, Hampshire, voted for their favourite local charities to receive their fundraising support. Inspiring students, Ambassadors from
each of the four chosen charities recently delivered presentations to students revealing the value of their contributions.
The four Ambassadors represented the four houses present at Ballard. They included Frauke Taylor, who joined Holmsley House from local charity Força Strength Against Cancer. She described how the children are helping the charity
to support families dealing with cancer in Hampshire.
Abigail Crowe from Solent Mind then presented to students from Wilverley House. She informed the students that they are helping to fund support for those with mental health issues and their affected families.
Charlotte Adams also spoke to Broadley House about the Teenage
Hornsby House School, London, have been raising money and collecting donations for the Little Village charity, which has its headquarters a few streets away from the school.
Little Village provides good quality baby clothes and equipment to families who need it. All the clothes and equipment are donated by local families and the charity is run by parents as an entirely voluntary enterprise.
The charity offers a weekly drop-
in service for families who need support, a delivery service and also provides a referrals-based service
for health visitors, children’s centres, midwives and the local foodbanks. Families can either bring a voucher and select items from the Little Village stockroom themselves, or volunteers can put together bags of kit for them. The bags are designed to feel like gifts, rather than hand- outs, so goodies for the mum are included, and only good quality items are passed on. The Balham centre has been such a success that Little Village have now opened a second centre in Camden.
Cancer Trust. She spoke about the effects of cancer on young people and their families and informed the students that they are helping to provide avenues for dealing with the stress associated with a diagnosis.
Finally, Jo Hennessy from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service gave a practical presentation to Setthorns House. She thanked the students for supporting the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service, which requires charitable donations to
Hornsby House has collected donations of baby and toddler clothes, books, games and equipment, as well as raising £1,374 from sales of cakes and wristbands and a concert by all the school choirs. The children then brought
in gifts from home to give to the Little Village mums for Mothers’ Day. Alongside these activities,
the Hornsby House School Parent Teacher Association has run a series of events in aid of Little Village, including a ceilidh evening and a quiz night for parents, as well as a toy fair and disco for the children – these have raised £4,000, bringing the grand total to well over £5,000. Each of the three Year
continue rescuing injured people.
Reaf rming their support for
the chosen charities, the House Captains also had the opportunity to personally meet their House Charity Ambassadors beforehand in the Performing Arts Centre.
Alistair Reid, Headmaster, said:
“We are delighted by the success of the Ballard House Charity Programme. Following the presentations, all the students have shown a continued commitment to raising money for these excellent local causes.’’
6 classes have also visited the Little Village headquarters to help process donations. They sorted books, checked games and puzzles were complete and in working order, cleaned buggies and created artwork to brighten up the storage room.
Mrs Michelle Boyd, Year 3 teacher, Charities Co-ordinator and mum-to-be, said, “Little Village
are giving such valuable help to local families in need. The Hornby House community has been very generous with their donations and with supporting our fundraising. The Year 6 children also loved being able to help out at Little Village headquarters.”
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