Each year the whole Froebelian School community, including the FPTA, supports designated local, national or international charities and community projects. Fundraising is a great way in which the whole school community can work together on a common goal and maintaining this sense of community is very important to us.
For 2023/24 we have chosen to support WaterAid UK kicking off with the annual Form IV conquering of the Three Yorkshire Peaks. WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 27 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water and 29 million people with decent toilets.
· 771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
· Almost 1.7 billion people in the world – more than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
· Over 300,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.
In 2022/23 we have chosen to support Shelter. Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home. ‘Because home is everything.’ The school community raised nearly £3000.00.
In 2021/22 we supported Save the Children. The charity believes that children shouldn’t be defined by their situation, but by who they are and what they can be. In 2020 alone, they helped 45 million children across the world get the medicine, good food and education they need with nearly 600,000 supporters, alongside families, nurses, teachers and other workers. Fundraising began with Form IV (Year 6) children conquering The Yorkshire Three Peaks – raising a massive £1396.00 and Mrs Dodds raised over £1000 by doing a death defying wing walk. The school was delighted to present a cheque for £4499.53 to representative Jeanette Mowat recently.
In 2019/2020 charity fundraising efforts were cut short due to the school closure. As such, we decided to continue supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance for the following academic year – 2020/2021. Despite the circumstances the whole Froebelian Family came together to raise an outstanding £6024.39.
In addition to this throughout the year the school supports a number of other charities and community projects including:
- MHA (formerlyHorsforth Live at Home Scheme)
- Young Minds
- Jeans for Genes
- NSPCC & Childline
- St George’s Crypt
- The Willows, Horsforth
- Horsforth Walk of Art
- Children in Need
- Red Nose Day
- Sport Relief
- Brake Road Safety
- The Ukraine
We invite representatives to come and talk to the whole school about their work because we believe that children benefit from a close involvement with the charity. This helps them to understand the value of helping others which sits well with the ethos of the school, particularly our original school motto of “Serve and Endeavour”.
The children are involved in fundraising activity individually, in their forms, houses or as a complete school. It helps them remain grounded, and understand how lucky they are to enjoy good health and wellbeing. We also ensure that the children develop organisational skills through fundraising; this complements the growth of their social awareness and an appreciation of the value of money, and the effort that goes into earning it.