Charity Committee

PHOTO: Joe Pearson

Pupils raise £9,300 for local community charities

Pupils presented a cheque for £9,300 to Judy Dow, Head of Philanthropy at Suffolk Community Foundation this morning during their morning Chapel service.

The pupil-led Charity Committee has been working hard throughout 2017 to raise funds for local causes. Activities and events included casual clothes days, chapel collections, selling Valentine's roses, a Summer Fete, a Colour Run, the annual Gala Concert, selling refreshments at large-scale sporting events and the sale of Christmas cards.

Clive Rennison, Assistant Head (Co-Curricular) at the Royal Hospital School, explains "We encourage our pupils to think about wider issues beyond their school and immediate community. As well as those who have volunteered to be part of the Charity Committee, pupils of all ages are expected to be involved in some element of service as part of their co-curricular education and personal development and topics are addressed and discussed through assemblies, Chapel services, tutor groups, lectures and events."

The Suffolk Community Foundation provides a hub to channel funds right into the heart of local communities addressing the widest possible range of issues. The pupil-led Charity Committee at the Royal Hospital School worked with the Foundation to identify local causes in need and then in conjunction with the whole school community they chose where to donate the raised funds. The six projects chosen were Lighthouse Women's Aid, Ipswich Community Media, Ipswich Community Garden (Sue Ryder), Our Special Friends (an animal companionship charity), Rural Coffee Caravan and Suffolk Young People's Health Project.