Pupils at Oakham School have participated in a variety of different fundraising initiatives this term, raising more than £10,000 for local and national charities.
Over the course of the Winter Term, pupils and staff have led various fundraising projects for important causes which totalled £10,370.77 in donations.
These included supporting timely campaigns such as the Poppy Appeal and Macmillan Coffee Morning, whilst others have focused on supporting the local Oakham community
Some of the contributions include:
- Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal - £890.62
- Rutland Foodbank – More than £1,000 worth of food
- Macmillan Cancer Support - £1,100
- Children with Cancer UK (Bake Sale) - £500
- Children in Need (Bake Sale) – £730.15
- Nepal Fundraising Project - £1,000
- Kenyan Schools Project - £5,000
- NANNA (Northampton Animals Needing Nurture and Adoption) - £366.50
Early on in the term, the Lower School collected nearly £1,000 worth of food to donate to Rutland Foodbank as part of a receipt challenge for their Harvest Festival. Lower School pupils from Ancaster, Sargants, Peterborough and Lincoln House were tasked with sourcing and choosing tinned goods and non-perishable items that would benefit people using the foodbank.
In continuing to work with the foodbank, a final donation was made across the whole School, to support the Rutland community during the festive season.
Worldwide fundraising projects have also taken place this year including donations to schools in Kenya and Nepal. £5,000 has been raised for the Kenya Schools Project, which (Covid permitting) usually sees pupils take part in a Kenyan expedition to work in schools and build and refurbish classrooms.
The School’s long relationship with Annapurna Junior High School in Nepal continued this year, with Upper School pupils continuing to raise vital funds for teachers and resources which are so desperately needed.
Several of Oakham’s 16 Houses also played host to several bake sales across the year, with pupils making and selling sweet treats to pupils and staff for different charities.
Pupils also continued their affiliation with Phab, a charity which inspires and supports disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults. For this, the Oakham community came together to host an exciting day of activities for local groups including Aiming High and The Rutland Disabled Youth Forum.
Chris West-Sadler, Head of Voluntary Action at Oakham School, said: “In what has been a difficult term for many again in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are very proud of how our pupils have managed to lift spirits and give back to their local community.”
“Supporting charities is very close to our hearts at Oakham School and we strive to work for these important causes and to support their outreach project.”
“Whilst it is great for charities to receive financial donations to support their causes, the time our pupils spend volunteering is vital and teaches them a valuable lesson in giving something back through hard work and their personal time.”
Many of the major trips and expeditions put on for School have a charitable element to them, meaning that all pupils have multiple opportunities to make a valuable difference throughout their Oakham journey.
As term comes to a close, the charitable commitments are still being counted up, with more money being raised well into the Christmas period.
Find out more about Charity Fundraising at Oakham School.