This term has seen pupils of all ages throughout the School raise over £17,000 for good causes. From selling cakes that they have baked themselves to performing in a charity rock concert, Oakhamians have been busier than ever devising creative ways to use their talents and skills to help others.
Every year, our students – in conjunction with Oakham School’s Charities Association (OSCA) – select a main charity to support as a School, in addition to charities they choose to support in their Houses. For this academic year, we have chosen the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young Adults – a local charity where life-limited children and their families can find care and support.
As always, the two major sources of fund-raising have been our non-uniform day and fabulous cake sales. A huge thank you and many congratulations to all who have taken part, supported and raised money for so many worthwhile causes.
This term’s whole school non-uniform day in September raised more than £2,000 for Rainbows.
The perennial cake sales have been much in evidence: Hambleton raised a phenomenal £1485 for Children in Need, doubling last year’s effort. Ancaster and Lincoln also raised £300 with their cake sale for the same cause. Gunthorpe’s cake sale raised £500 for the Centrepoint homeless charity. In the Lower School, the girls from Ancaster and Lincoln combined to raise £471 from their coffee and cake morning for Macmillan Cancer. Round House held a ‘Bake Off’ day in preparation for a Christmas cake sale held on Friday 7th December to raise money for the charity Coppafeel. Two volunteers from the charity came to speak to the girls last month – raising awareness about breast cancer in young women. The girls raised £250 for the charity, which for a humble bake sale was wonderful! Clipsham House organised a doughnut sale raising in excess of £400 and the India 2019 group have sold over 300 chocolate santas for the school building project. Most recently, the Kenya Project 2019 fund-raising evening raised more than £8000, an outstanding achievement.
Of a non-food variety the tutors and young men of School House, grew moustaches in November to support the Cancer charity Movember, raising in excess of £2000. Students from Round House did the Rutland Night Run to raise money for another Cancer Charity Coppafeel. Chapmans raised over £200 with its Charity Fun Run for Papyrus – prevention of Suicide for Young People.
A special mention has to go to Ollie Rubins, of Peterborough House F2, who raised £840 for Waterworks, a Charity that helps provide clean water for communities in Malawi. For this, he sailed a 26-mile route over two days at Rutland Water, supported by Isabelle Heller of F5 Hambleton. The money raised paid for a new well - prior to this they old one only produced dirty water - as well as upgraded latrines for every family in the village. What a wonderful achievement.
In October, the annual Harvest Party, for the elderly members of our local community, raised more than £500 from the Raffle, again for our School Charity, Rainbows.
In November, there was the cultural event of the OSCA calendar, Gigaid, showcasing some of the school’s extraordinary musical talent including a fantastic performance from Eddie Marshall of Form 2.
Barrow raised £220 for Build Africa, Love Support Unite and Missing People from the sale of bacon rolls.
Sale of poppies raised £770 for the British Legion.
Staff and pupils have been participating in the Reverse Advent Calendar collecting donations to give in their food packs. Also earlier in the term Lower School pupils were busy collecting food to send to Rutland Food Bank as part of their harvest celebrations.