Charity Work

I thought I would focus on charity this week. We teach the children that there are many people in the world and closer to home that are not as fortunate as they are. Our children really embrace their responsibility of changing the lives of others for the better and this is evident each year when the Year 6 choose to have Charity ambassadors to lead the fundraising efforts we do.
As a result of our Harvest Festival we donated a significant amount of produce and groceries to Stroud District Food Bank. A whopping 45.15kg in fact!!! This will go to local families who are in crisis. A startling 1 in 5 people in the UK live below the poverty line. Last year the food bank gave out an amazing 4111 emergency food packages.
Earlier in the term we were lucky enough to have the NSPCC come into school and teach the children about keeping themselves safe. A whole school assembly followed by class workshops ensured the children were taught how to keep themselves safe online, keep themselves safe in their everyday lives and who to turn to when help is needed. Our Y6 charity ambassadors chose to hold a non-uniform day and we raised a fantastic £48.40 for the charity.
We have been selling Poppies and remembrance items such as wristbands, coat reflectors, badges and bookmarks. The money made from the sale of these items goes directly to the Royal British Legion and is used for grants for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance for Veterans and their families in need.
Our most recent fundraising efforts were this Friday, when we took a relaxed approach to the day and wore our pyjamas to school for BBC Children In Need! The array of Pudsey t-shirts, Pudsey ears, onesies and pyjamas and slippers was great! We raised a fantastic £58 for a fabulous cause, helping disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Our school council have raised enough money to continue to send Nasrullah to school. This is through the charity Action Aid UK. The children are also planning a further fundraising event to support another good cause, details will follow shortly.
The children of Eastcombe Primary School know and understand that giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference. I am very proud of their efforts so far this year and their enthusiasm to continue their efforts.
Thank you to all the children, parents, families, friends, neighbours and villagers who support our fundraising, we couldn’t do it without you. Y6 charity ambassadors, you are doing a great job, keep up the good work!