Fundraising across the Griffin Schools Trust

Last year was a very successful year for fundraising within the Trust. We raised over £11,000 – half of which was donated to our preferred charity of 2016/17 – the NSPCC. The remainder was used to establish a central Sports and Arts Fund.

You will already know that in GST schools all students have access to hundreds of free clubs and activities every week: chess; ballroom dancing; mandolin; coding; violin; human rights clubs; philosophy; young Rotarians; trampolining; the list goes on.

We also work hard to make learning as interesting as possible by arranging free visits to parks, theatres, art galleries and concerts, etc. as well as bringing visitors and guests into schools: scientists; musicians and historians, etc.

Schools budget carefully to provide the breadth that GST is so proud of but now students are able to apply for funding for Arts/Sports projects within their school that run outside the classroom. This may include raising funds for specialist equipment, such as unusual musical instruments and specialist sporting equipment. Experiences like producing plays that students can take to the Edinburgh festival and having access to study trips abroad will widen student opportunities further.

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This year we are running a threefold fundraising campaign:

  • to raise money for MACS charity
  • to raise further funds for GST’s central Sports and Arts Fund
  • to raise money for charities within the local communities of our schools.

Our key fundraising periods this year are:

9th March – Founders Day

As always on this day, the focus is on community. Schools will be running a number of charity events throughout the day, the money raised will be split between local charities of the school’s choice and MACS.

 

22nd April – Marathon

Graham Clifford, Head of Willow Brook, is following in the footsteps of our Founder Ange Tyler and running the Virgin London Marathon on behalf of the Trust. All money raised will go towards MACs.

 

April/May – Challenge 26

Inspired by the 26.2 miles of the marathon, schools will be taking part in Challenge 26. Students will set themselves a sporting challenge involving the number 26. Examples of previous challenges include rowing 26 miles, doing 26 star jumps each day for 26 days, running a 26 mile relay, etc. The challenges can be completed by individuals or in groups.  All sponsorship money raised will be added to the central Sports and Arts Fund.

 

MACS stands for Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia and Coloboma Support and it is the UK’s national charity for children born without eyes or with underdeveloped eyes.

To find out more about the work MACS do, please visit their website: http://macs.org.uk/