The pupils of West Berkshire primary school Kintbury St Mary’s have voted to make Oxford based Helen & Douglas House their nominated charity for the year.
Groups of Year 6 pupils made the case for their chosen charities to their fellow pupils and this year the hospice which cares for terminally ill children, young adults and their families came out on top with most votes from pupils throughout the school.
The charity, supported by actor Tom Hollander and with a network of shops covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire can expect a fundraising cheque from sponsored events, cake and biscuit sales and raffles organised by the year 6 pupils.
Last year’s chosen charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf benefited from a donation of over £1,200 from the school.
“We are always so proud of the way our Year 6 children champion causes close to their hearts and the enthusiasm with which our whole school community pulls together to raise funds for the chosen charity,” says Mrs Melanie Higgs, Head Teacher, Kintbury St. Mary’s. “The work of Helen and Douglas House has really inspired Kintbury and it will be exciting to see how much we can raise for them over the course of the year. ”
Helen & Douglas House is thrilled to be Year Six’s chosen charity. “We rely so much on wonderful individuals like those at Kintbury St Mary’s School to be able to continue our work caring for terminally ill children,” explains Events Fundraiser Poppy Hanbury. “It costs 5 million a year to run Helen & Douglas House. We are very thankful for the schools support.”
For further information please contact Kintbury St Mary’s School [email protected]
Photo: Kintbury students (l to r): Alfie, Callum and Tom