At Oakham, our pupils enjoy raising money for charity all year round. We fundraise for around 18 charities a year, raising £20,000 a year on average, from which a significant portion goes to the School’s Charity of the Year (which this year is Young Minds). We also support a range of local, national and international charities every year, from Macmillan Cancer to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
The majority of fundraising initiatives are student-led, with representatives from each House coming up with ideas for House fundraising and School-wide events. These have included bake sales, sponge-a-teacher and selling Valentine roses, amongst other events. With Rutland Water close by, there are plenty of opportunities for sponsored walks and bike rides, which families can join in with. Not only does each initiative raise hundreds of pounds for charity, but it also gives pupils valuable experience in organising and running events.
Many students are also eager to raise money as individuals. In the past, one student has singlehandedly run bake-off events, while another has donated his fee for piano-playing in a hotel at Christmas – there really is no limit to what you can do.
We also understand that it’s not all about money, and many pupils give their time and resources to charity; from packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to volunteering for charities as part of our Voluntary Action programme. Many of our major trips and expeditions also have a charitable element to them, meaning that all pupils have multiple opportunities to make a valuable difference throughout their Oakham journey.