Friends of Pinewood
The Friends of Pinewood are a group of parents and staff, who organise fundraising events for pupils, parents and the extended Pinewood community. As well as raising money for the school and local charities, the events we hold bring people together in a fun, relaxed and social environment.
Last year saw a record amount raised of over £22,700, a phenomenal figure, which has enabled us to give generously to our chosen charities and has paid for a varied range of exciting additions to Pinewood’s facilities. These include the new outdoor classroom, a loo on Top Field, a fender seat in the main hall, an outdoor drawing board for Top Field, hockey equipment, Lego robots, rugs and pictures for the dorms and kit to support orienteering. The list goes on! There are also a number of exciting projects on the horizon for the next academic year.
As a result of raising so much money at FOP events last year, we were able to give generous support to Pennyhooks Farm Trust, Julia’s House, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Wiltshire Treehouse, as well as raising £2300 for Helen & Douglas House at our biennial clothes sale. This year (for the first time), the children have chosen the charities they would like us to support and so we continue to support Pennyhooks Farm Trust, as well as Swindon Night Shelter, Oxford Animal Sanctuary, Threshold, and Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre. We are also still supporting a child in India through World Vision, as well as sponsoring a Giant Tortoise, a crocodile, a penguin and a White Rhino at the Cotswold Wildlife Park. We continue to develop our links with Bishopstone Primary School.
As a committee, we have a lot of fun and are always looking for volunteers to help at events. If you think you would be interested in helping us, please speak to Sasha Kennedy or Henrietta Hoyland.
Sasha Kennedy – Chairman
Gemma Bird – Vice Chairman
Victoria Preston – Secretary
Fi Spencer-Jones – Treasurer
Leila Moseley – Christmas Fair
Anna Cotton Smith