Coombe Hill Junior School is committed to supporting a variety of charities through active fundraising. The children themselves take a huge interest in raising money for charities and have a keen interest in improving the world around them.
Over the last few years, the school has supported Young Minds, Children in Need, the Parkinson's Society, Macmillan, Great Ormond Street and Shooting Stars Chase. This local charity supports children with life-limiting conditions and in the last few years at least two families in our school have benefitted from its support. More information about Shooting Stars Chase can be found on their website.
Our most significant charity project to date has been our work with the Lunchbowl Charity in Kibera, Kenya. In 2017-18, with the help of pupils, parents and staff, we raised over £7,000 for resources to support this charity working to feed and educate some of the poorest children in the world. Four teachers were released and also gave up holiday time to go and work with staff at Lunchbowl, delivering the resources and, more importantly, training staff. Sally McGreevy founder of the charity described their work in Kenya as "truly transforming" and our links with Lunchbowl will continue. More information about the charity can be found at www.lunchbowl.org.
For our pupils, this was an opportunity to open a window on a very deprived part of the world and thanks to the joys of modern technology, we were able to connect our pupils directly with the Lunchbowl Charity and our teachers there, live in assemblies. You can read more about their trip in the following blog that they wrote during the visit.
Parts of the blog were shared with pupils but please be aware that some of what our teachers saw and experienced might be hard for younger pupils to process.