Students participating in a Children in Need bake sale

Submitted by Emily Howett

Pupils at an Oakham school have raised over £12,000 for local and national charities in 2021.

During the year, pupils and staff at Oakham School carried out various fundraising projects for important causes which raised £12,070.77 in donations.

These included support for timely campaigns such as Poppy Appeal and Macmillan Coffee Morning, while others focused on supporting the local Oakham community.

Global fundraising projects included donations to schools in Kenya and Nepal.

A total of £5,000 has been raised for the Kenya Schools Project, which, Covid permitting, typically sees pupils on a Kenyan expedition to work in schools and build and renovate classrooms.

The school’s long relationship with Annapurna Junior High School in Nepal continued in 2021, with secondary school students continuing to raise vital funds for teachers and desperately needed resources.

The houses also hosted several bake sales throughout the year, with students making and selling sweet treats.

Students also continued their affiliation with Phab, a charity that inspires and supports children, young people and adults with and without disabilities. To do this, the Oakham community came together to organize a 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 another difficult year for many in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are very proud of how our students have managed to lift their spirits and give back to their local community.

“Supporting charities is close to our hearts at Oakham School and we strive to work for these important causes and support their outreach project.

“While it is great for charities to receive financial donations to support their causes, the time our students volunteer is vital and teaches them a valuable lesson in giving something back through hard work and dedication. their own time.”

Students spent more than 40 hours volunteering in 2021, with activities including picking up litter around Oakham, working with Rutland Foodbank and painting fences at a local elementary school.

Other noteworthy activities include a campaign by Grade 7 student Ili, who made 200 Valentine’s Day cards for children at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe and dropped them off with lollipops for help them lift their spirits during the pandemic.

Form 6 pupil Jono also ran his own charity fundraising activity and ran 10km a day for two weeks to raise money and awareness of Neuroendocrine Cancer UK, raising £2,750.

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