Twelve Months of Giving – Charity matters at CH

January 10, 2017

In 2016, the Christ’s Hospital community has raised over £12,000 for charities in the UK and overseas. Funds have been raised through pupil initiatives, individual boarding houses, concerts and the Chapel Charites.

The School’s Chapel Charities are chosen each year by the pupils and CH staff. This year, £9,000 in total was raised for The Prince’s Trust; Hop, Skip and Jump which provides respite care for children and teenagers with disabilities and Special Educational Needs; the Nalango Secondary School; Kyemihoko Community Clinic in Uganda and the Thuthukhani Community Co-operative in Zimbabwe which works to improve the quality of life within a community that Christ’s Hospital has had connections with for many years.

In addition, food collected at the Harvest Festival service was donated to The Salvation Army in Horsham. Revd Stephen Golding, CH’s Chaplain said: “Christ’s Hospital is very grateful to the wider community who contribute to the Chapel Charities through collections following Services and concerts.”

A spokesperson from The Prince’s Trust said: “We would like to thank the Christ’s Hospital community for all that you have done over the past year for fundraising so much for The Prince’s Trust as part of your Chapel Charities commitment. Your support will make such a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people in the UK who are desperate for a chance to work towards a positive future.”

Dr Henry White representing the Kyemihoko Community Clinic in Uganda said: “I am very grateful to all concerned for their formidable efforts in raising the money which helps towards vaccination, antenatal care and other forms of health promotion.”

Back in the summer, 78 pupils who are members of the School’s Combined Cadet Force raised over £3,000 for the Blind Veterans UK by walking a gruelling course from the School in Horsham, across the South Downs to the charity’s base on the coast at Brighton. The cadets took it in turns to walk different sections of the walk blindfolded while guided by their friends.

Funds were also raised collectively by pupils in boarding houses. ‘Maine’ boarding house staged a charity event at Bluecoat Sports for the British Heart Foundation and for Nalango Secondary School (former pupil Robert Gauntlett’s Memorial School) in Uganda raising over £1,000.

‘Peele’ boarding house has been connected with Pageant (Projects Aiding Gambian Education and Natural Talent) for almost twenty years. This Horsham based charity was set up to help individual students with sponsorship, schools with improvements to buildings, facilities and equipment, and to help poor families improve their quality of life. Funds are raised through the ‘Peele Arts Festival’, a fun and successful event staged by all the boys in the boarding house on an annual basis.

Year 13 pupils Isaac Hayden, Robbie Anand, Sean Thomson, Crispin Leung and Tom Walker have been fundraising all year in readiness for a 10 day charity mission to the Gambia during February 2017. During their trip in February the boys will be working alongside the Pageant charity in the Gambian schools as well as visiting the two children that their boarding house Peele is currently sponsoring. The boys are aiming to raise £3900 to facilitate their visit before February and since the beginning of the year their efforts  have raised over £2000 towards their target. If you would like to support them please visit their justgiving page, https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/FPTTG, to make a donation.

In addition to raising funds, between 100 and 200 pupils each week, during term time throughout the year, volunteer to help in nursery and primary schools, hospices, care homes and with charities as part of the School’s Community Action outreach programme. This programme celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  In December, a team of pupils packed Christmas parcels at Horsham Food Bank for families facing hardship in the local area. Another group volunteered for Link to Hope in Worthing where they packed 600 shoeboxes for Romania and other eastern European countries as part of a nationwide appeal.

More fundraising and volunteering initiatives are well underway at Christ’s Hospital for 2017. Stephen Golding said: “There is a tremendous amount of good work going on within our community which links very closely with an important element of Christ’s Hospital’s mission which is ‘to prepare young people for work and service in society and to develop a high sense of responsibility towards themselves, their families, their associates and to society at large’.”