Supporting charities are a vital part of developing our girls’ awareness of the community and world around them. It gives them a chance to understand that not everyone is as fortunate as we are and how we all have a part to play in making the world a better place.
Each year we choose a British children’s charity and an international children’s charity. These have recently included The Link Foundation, The Kazi Mingi Foundation in Africa, The NSPCC, The Thames Valley Adventure Playground and The Manuelito Children’s Home in Honduras. The girls also take part in the Rotary in Maidenhead Boundary Walk and Lions Club Swimarathon, donating their sponsor money to our charity.
Last year we supported HemiHelp, a UK based charity that provides support and information to people with hemiplegia and their families in the UK. Hemiplegia is a neurological condition that affects children and adults in a similar way to a stroke. It is caused by injury to the brain and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body. Hemiplegia affects one child in 1000.
I am in Year 6 at Highfield Prep School; I started here just before my third birthday so I have been there for all my school life, so far.
In my school we, or our parents, are able to suggest charities that are close to our hearts and have a personal meaning for us to be selected as the charity of the year. The teachers then decide which charity to support.
When I was in Year 5, my Mum and I spoke to the Head Teacher, Mrs Leach, and asked her if HemiHelp could be the charity for my final year. Mrs Leach thought it would be a great idea and agreed that we would fundraise for HemiHelp. I was so pleased as HemiHelp is very special to me, and my family, and I really wanted to help raise money for them as they are such a wonderful charity.
Mrs Leach, my Head Teacher, commented “Phoebe spoke very eloquently about her charity HemiHelp and I was very impressed with her commitment and ideas in trying to raise more money for the charity that has helped and supported herself and her family.”
So far we have raised money at the Harvest Festival Assembly, the Christmas Carol Concert, the Christmas Craft Fair, carol singing at our local shopping centre and currently we are doing a sponsored book read so we are all busy reading books and writing reviews to raise money. There will be more events including cake/ice cream sales, a movie night and mufti (not wearing school uniform) days and maybe some other things too. They are all great ways to raise money and good fun at the same time.
Mrs Leach commented “There are many charities that we could be supporting but for us it is important to choose a charity that means something to us and that the school and the community can relate to. To have Phoebe at Highfield gives us, and the charity, an amazing opportunity to raise the awareness of HemiHelp.”