Charities we support
At Ravenstone we firmly believe in promoting social responsibility and over the years we have raised money for a number of charities, local, national and global.
Sometimes these are chosen by staff and sometimes by children or parents. Often they are charities that have a particular significance to members of our community who have been touched by an illness or a global event, such as the Pakistan Relief Fund and the Ebola Crisis.
Onesie Day celebrates Wellington Free Ambulance being the only emergency ambulance service in Greater Wellington and Wairarapa and the only ones in the country who are free. This is a charity very close to the heart of a member of staff so on September 11th all the staff and children dressed in onesies and sent over £300 to New Zealand to support this cause.
Shekinah Home Update September 2017
Ellen came into school during the holiday for the big box of clothes, games, sheets, pillow cases and books that our school community had collected for the children in Shekinah Home, Ghana, over the summer term. In fact, it required four big boxes to pack all the thoughtful donations! We were very pleased that Ellen was also able to use some of the chairs, equipment and cupboards that are no longer needed here and these were packed up and are on their way to Ghana by container ship.
The £1189.61 that had been raised in the Easter Egg Raffle, the Mango Ice Cream sales at the summer fair and other activities was given to Ellen. Some of this is being used for medical operations that the children urgently needed: two more boys have had hernia operations (caused by working physically beyond their capacity) and a third boy who has had the first of two cataracts removed from his eye. This operation has saved his sight and when he has had the second cataract removed he will be returning to school. He is so happy! The rest of the money will go towards the Play Room Project that will help the children learn to feel safe again and enjoy activities with other children and adults. We will be having a meeting with parents to talk about this project later this term.
Ellen is travelling back to Ghana this week and she sends a huge thank you to everyone at Ravenstone for their generosity and support of Shekinah Home. She looks forward to seeing us in January.
At this seasonal time our community particularly focuses on those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. The School Council organised another donation to the Wandsworth Foodbank and this collection was their chosen local initiative. Collections were also taken after the Early Years' perfomances and the Carol Concert and we were able to send £226.99 to Crisis at Christmas and £283.60 to Shelter. The annual showing of 'The Snowman' also raised £312 which we have sent to Shekinah.
As part of their commitment to support charities, this year the School Council organised a collection for The Wandsworth Food Bank and we donated 131.5kg of food and toiletries to those in need in the local community.
ROYAL MARSDEN CANCER CHARITY
In memory of our former deputy, Max Furnell, we held a dress up day to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity who had cared for her during her illness. She loved any opportunity to dress up and it was a fitting tribute as well as raising £886.91 for this worthwhile cause.
A SIMPLE SUPPER FOR SYRIA
In October we held a 'Simple Supper for Syria' to raise money for Syrian refugees. This simple supper of hummus, pitta bread and dhal was prepared by the Alkawam family and Wahida with help from Rubina and Fatima . All Ravenstone parents, children and staff were invited to come and eat (or take away) and make a contribution to help Syrian refugees. Year 6 children helped with drinks and the collection bucket and parents helped serve the food. We raised £785 which went via the Red Cross to help Syrian refugees.
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE DEC APPEAL UPDATE
On Wednesday, May 20th, Ravenstone collected money to support the DEC response to the devastation in Nepal. We raised £227.90 to help the people in Nepal with shelter, food and medical supplies. Krishna from Gurkha's Diner represented the Nepalese community and was able to join our assemblies on that day. He was extremely touched by the concern shown by our families. Thank you all.
Our most long lasting connection is with our partner school in Yameriga, Ghana and in our 14 year connection we have raised money for much needed facilities such as a bore hole, a new roof for the school and school furniture. We fund raise for this cause in a number of ways, through our International Evening, our annual Pyjama showing of the Snowman for Reception and
KS 1, the Easter Egg Raffle and even a sponsored haircut for Mrs McMillan!
The Yamstone group recently visited the London offices of Afrikids to give a cheque for £5000!
We regularly raise money for Sport Relief and Comic Relief. This year we raised a magnificent £1036 for Comic Relief through donations for dressing up but mostly through the Great Ravenstone Bake Off, with parents and children baking, donating and buying cakes and in 2014 we raised £508 for Sports Relief.
As a number of our community has been affected by cancer our collections at the Carol Concert and the EYFS Christmas show raised £411 for Cancer Research.
Individual classes, children and staff have also fundraised, one member of staff is running the London Marathon to support London Marsden Cancer Charity, our Year 6 Enterprise project has raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Autistic Society and a group of Year 5 girls swam 70 lengths each for Cancer Relief.
We also have an annual Harvest Collection where families donate non perishable goods for local charities such as The Spires Centre which helps disadvantaged and homeless people.