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An important feature of an Elstree education is to foster an awareness of those less fortunate than ourselves and to encourage pupils to become helpful and caring members of the community. Everyone is actively encouraged to
participate in projects for the benefit of others and to raise money to help those who have less.
A number of different charities are chosen to benefit from fundraising activities throughout the year. The Ridgeway Walk is a major fundraiser held every two years to raise money for charity involving all parents, staff and pupils. The 10 mile hike is quite a challenge for both adults and children and the last Walk raised the tremendous sum of £6500 for Glad’s House, a charity which provides support and opportunities for street children in Mombasa. Elstree has an ongoing association with Glad’s House which reunites street children with their families or if this is not possible, finds foster families for them as well as providing educational and sporting opportunities and practical and emotional support. For more information, please visit their website www.gladshouse.com.
Two other charities that have enjoyed Elstree’s continued support over the past few years are the Afghan Connection and PALS.
The Afghan Connection, directed by Dr Sarah Fane, a former Elstree parent, raises funds for our “twin” school, the Ghazi Gul Ahmad School just outside the Kabul province of Afghanistan. Elstree pupils have already been able to contribute to the purchase of new equipment for the school, as well as exchanging correspondence, drawings, and other creative items with pupils in Afghanistan. Visit www.afghanconnection.org for more information.
PALS is a local charity that helps children and young people who have a physical disability or sensory impairment. Each term, a group of youngsters from PALS comes to spend a Saturday morning at Elstree to take part in activities with pupils from Year 7 which is always a lively and fun session. More information can be found on their website, www.palsweb.org.uk.
The proceeds from the last Elstree Autumn Gift Fair went to Newbury Riding for the Disabled (RDA), which is a voluntary organisation enabling local disabled children to ride and enjoy the benefits it gives them. Recent events at Home Farm have raised money for various charities. Every year there is a sale of the Harvest Festival produce; this year £208 was raised and donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the children recently did a sponsored run for up to 1 kilometre for Red Nose Day.
Over the past few years, we have supported a number of other good causes including the NSPCC, Comic Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, Alec Normand Fund (The Brain Tumour Charity) when every year there is a Bandana Day, Prospect Hospice, Swings and Smiles, Naomi House and Ten for Ten.