A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us at this year’s Christmas Fair – it was a great success and we are thrilled to announce that we raised over £10,000! This is a tremendous amount of money, which will enable us to support projects within the school and make significant contributions to our chosen charities this year: The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Wiltshire Treehouse and Julia’s House.
The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.
Pennyhooks Farm is a beautiful, small organic beef farm situated near Shrivenham that has been owned by the Otter family for over 60 years. They provide a unique experience for young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Condition.
Wiltshire Treehouse offers bereavement support to children, young people and their families after they have lost a loved one. The charity offers therapy sessions, workshops and peer support groups conducted by trained professionals to help those under 25 who are grieving.
Julia’s House is not a typical children’s hospice. They provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices.
A proportion of money raised at all FOP events this year will be donated to these charities. We thank you in advance for your support at our events, particularly those planned for this term: Bonfire Night on Friday 2nd November and the Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. We are always looking for volunteers to help at events, so please do contact any of the FOPs or email email@example.com if you can spare a little of your time.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped and supported us at Bonfire Night; we are thrilled to announce that we raised the record breaking sum of £5,049.61. This will enable us to make significant donations to our chosen charities this year as well as to our fundraising projects within the school.
Our chosen charities for this year are:
The UK Sepsis Trust aims to raise awareness of Sepsis, or blood poisoning (septicaemia), helping to educate healthcare professionals, support survivors and bereaved families, and to save 13,500 lives each year. Sepsis is the third largest cause of death in the UK. It is more common than heart attacks, and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined.
Maggie’s Oxford offers free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Our purpose-built Centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital is a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can access friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge. Maggie’s is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply sit quietly with a cup of tea. We see 50 to 60 people per day in the centre, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations.
Playgrounds for Palestine UK believes that every child has the right to have a local playground where they can play safely. The founding organisation in the USA has built over 30 playgrounds for Palestinian children in refugee camps and other areas of need. The UK charity works closely with them to ensure that playgrounds are designed and built to the highest standards. Each playground costs about £12,000.
We will also be raising funds to help with the restoration of Bourton Village Church. The church was earmarked for closure about 15 years ago, and the village and the school were instrumental in ensuring it remained open, through their ongoing support. The church is due its quinquennial inspection next year, which will officially reveal the extent of the work that needs to be done.
FOP are thrilled to announce that last term’s Summer Afternoon raised a phenomenal £1919.07, this is a fantastic sum of money, which will be divided between FOP projects at school and our charitable donations for the year. A big thank you to everyone who supported us on the day, we couldn’t do it without you!
FOP dates for your diary for this term:
Bonfire Night – Friday 3rd November
Pinewood Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd December
We are always looking for volunteers to help at events, so please contact any member of Friends of Pinewood if you are interested (details on the school website) or leave your details in the FOP box in the School Office.