We attach great importance to charitable giving at Pembridge Hall and feel it vital that our girls are fully involved in choosing the charities we support and in sharing ideas for fundraising. When children are educated about charity, they learn to be considerate of others, to be careful of what they have and to show compassion.
Our girls are keen to support charities based in the local area and we have formed strong links with the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, the Rugby Portobello Trust and with COSMIC – Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care. We also celebrate harvest at an annual special assembly for which our families donate a wide range of foodstuffs and toiletries which are distributed to needy families in our locality. In 2015 a retiring collection following this assembly raised £360 for the charity Action Against Hunger and we plan to do the same again in October 2016. In the Autumn term 2015 a ‘Wrap up Warm’ competition was organised by the School Council which raised £1763 for the Kensington and Chelsea Winter Warmth campaign for vulnerable elderly people in the borough. Christmas Gifts for sick children were donated by families of girls in the Lower School to COSMIC and Christmas boxes for vulnerable teenagers were donated by families of girls in the Middle and Upper School to the Rugby Portobello Trust.
Our school enjoys close links with the Rainbow Centre, a school in Sri Lanka which was founded for destitute children by a former parent following the devastating Tsunami in 2004. Our Plan Ed committee of girls in Years 5 & 6 organise an annual cake decorating competition and cake sale in the Spring term in aid of the Rainbow Centre and in February 2016, the theme of the competition was Games and Puzzles. Cakes were enthusiastically baked and decorated by girls from Reception to Year 6 and the magnificent sum of £900 was raised as a result of the sale.
Book Week early in March 2015 was a week-long series of events and activities which focused on the joy of books and reading and a sponsored readathon raised £276 for the charity Room to Read.
The main fundraising event of the Summer term was a Pyjama Day which took place on 17th June. Girls on the School Council were keen to fundraise for Magic Breakfast, a charity which provides a healthy breakfast in schools around the UK for under-privileged children. The day was a huge success and great fun and the girls raised £913 for the charity.