In a change to previous years Friends of Pinewood asked the pupils to choose the charities they would like FOP to support this year; they were encouraged to stay local, and so each house in the Prep School, plus the whole of Pre-Prep have selected their own charities to benefit from FOP donations. We are delighted to announce that the children have chosen the following charities to support this academic year:
Postbridge – Swindon Night Shelter
Swindon Night Shelter seeks to serve those who are homeless, vulnerable and struggling in our area. They run a Night Shelter every Friday night for anyone who is homeless, where they offer a hot meal, a chance to shower and a bed for the night. There’s an opportunity to relax, chat, receive advice about help and support in the week. They also work closely with the other services in Swindon to provide signposting and support for their guests throughout the week. In addition they run a day centre for those who are homeless, vulnerable and struggling in the Swindon area, as well as working with local supermarkets and other businesses in Swindon, to collect and distribute charitable surplus to those who need and can use it.
Motcombe – Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary
The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary admits & rehomes around 500 animals every year. Since opening in 1967, they have proudly managed to help over 26,000 animals find their forever home. At any one time, they have around 50 dogs, 70 cats and kittens, plus a number of rabbits. They also care for their permanent guests of goats and a horse called Ben. They were founded to be inclusive, understanding and a place where any animal was welcome. Many of their animals come from difficult backgrounds; some arrive with acute behavioural needs and some have immediate medical needs. They deal with each case individually and start by earning their trust and understanding their needs. They will never put a healthy animal down and work to find each one a forever home; where this is not possible, the Sanctuary becomes their home and staff and volunteers give them as close to a pet’s life as possible.
Melchet – Pennyhooks Farm Trust
Pennyhooks Farm Trust provides a unique experience for young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum: a meaningful, working life on a beautiful, small, organic beef farm, situated on the Oxfordshire and Wiltshire border. Pennyhooks welcomes 50 children and young adults with ASC every week. Some attend weekly, others daily, depending on their needs. All are offered many opportunities to develop social and working skills. Skills such as being part of a team, listening to and following instructions, practising and persevering, through learning a wide range of practical skills and work based activities in animal care, conservation, horticulture, woodwork, rural crafts, baking and more. Our students are given the opportunity both to develop specialisms in particular areas of interest or aptitude and to try new activities and skills.
Farnborough – Threshold
Threshold is a local, independent charity which provides short, medium and long term accommodation to single, homeless people in Swindon. The charity provides a Street Outreach Service, offering support and advice to single homeless individuals and to those threatened with homelessness, and 3 general needs supported accommodation resettlement schemes. Each year over 750 people access their services for advice, support, advocacy or accommodation.
Pre-Prep – Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre
Oak & Furrows aims to provide care for wild animals in need, so that they can be returned to the wild fit and healthy for a second chance. They operate a 24 hour Wildlife Rescue Service, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Annually the centre takes in over 3,000 wildlife casualties and receives between 6 and 7,000 telephone calls for help and advice, all this achieved by a dedicated team of people comprising of staff, volunteers, friends and supporters, without whom it would not be possible.
In addition to the above charities, we continue to have strong links with Bishopstone Primary School, and we sponsor animals at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and a young student in India through World Vision, as well as donating to ongoing projects at Pinewood (such as the new Outdoor Classroom).
Friends of Pinewood would like to thank the whole Pinewood community for your ongoing support at the events we hold – we couldn’t do it without you! We look forward to seeing you at Bonfire Night on Friday 1st November!