All girls are encouraged to become involved in charitable work or to support a cause close to their heart – it could be a fun run, a cake sale or working with fellow House members to raise funds for their international link charity. In the 2017-18 School year, we raised the phenomenal sum of £49,000 for 34 different charities locally, UK based, and across the world.
Sums raised include the gigantic £13,000 raised by Aisholt House at their Bollywood Ball in the Michaelmas Term and the Tedworth Charity Dinner which raised £8,500 split between the OSCAR Foundation and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. But equally important are where girls make an individual effort to raise money for a charity close to their heart such as the York House Summer Fete in aid of their nominated House charity, Action4Archie set up by the aunt of one of the Sixth Form girls after her cousin Archie was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The fete was hugely successful raising just over £2,500.
The ten boarding houses continually support their international link charities and in addition, the girls are given the opportunity to vote for a chosen local charity each year and last year, these included Berkshire Women’s Aid, Riding for the Disabled, West Berks Foodbank, Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust and Community Christmas.
“We are immensely proud of all the charity work that the girls and staff have undertaken over the past year and delighted that so many charities have benefited. I would like to thank the Downe House community for their loyal support for the School’s fundraising activities and congratulate the girls who so readily take on responsibility for organising events and getting involved in their House fundraising activities as well.”
Mrs Michelle Scott, Assistant Headmistress (Foundation)
Our Boarding Houses have long-established links with charities around the world and organise ambitious fundraising initiatives throughout the year which involve all the girls in the House. The links have also created an exciting global opportunity as small groups of girls and teachers make regular visits to the charities in person to deliver equipment, provide support and witness first-hand the difference they can make to disadvantaged children in the world beyond Downe.
Learn more about the work of the charities each of our Houses support.
AGN supports Sparkes Homes in Sri Lanka.
AGS supports Hope Asia and the Hosanna Children’s Home in Myanmar.
Holcombe supports Open Arms Malawi.
Tedworth supports the Tiger Kloof School in South Africa.
Aisholt supports Reality Gives.
York supports the Purple Community Fund with child sponsorship
Willis supports the Hogar el Alba Children’s Home in Argentina.
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