PHPA Charities Round Up (2015 - 2016)
In the 2015 - 2016 academic year, the PHPA supported 14 different charities nominated by PH parents and raised a grand total of £29,320.
Book Week included a very special fund raising effort by the PHPA involving a sponsored Read-a-Thon. A whopping £21,000 was raised for Avondale Extra, a local charity founded to benefit the children of Avondale Park Primary school; specifically in this instance to help fund the building and equipping of a reading room/library building. In addition to the money, over 600 new and good quality second-hand books were collected and given to Avondale Extra as well as another newly established school, Burlington Danes Academy.
COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care) was nominated by 4 different parents.The PHPA decided to do a specific fund raiser for COSMIC, and initiated a tea towel for each Year Group emblazoned with the girls’ self portraits, which was then sold to parents. This raised £2,100.
The Year 6 girls undertook the Thames Path Challenge, a sponsored 15 mile walk along the towpath next to the river from Hammersmith all the way to Hampton Court Palace. Some of the girls banded together to raise money for a single charity, Breast Cancer Now, and the PHPA pledged to match their fundraising efforts up to £750. In the event, the girls raised £1,450 which gave the charity a total of £2,200.
The Annual Upper School Barn Dance (the Uptown Funk Party) is run as a charitable event with any profits being split between a charity from the PHPA list as well as one chosen by the Year 5 organising Committee. This year, £1,470 was raised and split between the Silcock Trust (£735) and Medical Aid Films (£735).
The Second Hand Uniform Sales are the primary source of funding for the PHPA. 10% or £400, whichever is the greater, is donated after each sale to one of the charities from the PHPA list. At the end of the academic year, funds permitting, £400 is paid to all the charities on the list that have not already received a donation.
The following charities benefitted:
Age UK (K&C)
Breast Cancer Now
COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care)
Gynaecological Cancer Fund
Life for Children
Lifeline for Kids
Medical Aid Films
Save the Children, Syria Appeal/War Child (Syria)
West London Action for Children
The Winnicott Foundation
Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (Riding for the Disabled)