Children at Chichester’s Oakwood School have come up with a fun way to start raising money and awareness for their two nominated charities this year. They are learning to braid hair thanks to local salon, KC Hair Boutique, at a cost of £5 each, with all proceeds going towards The OHMI Trust, which pioneers the development and adaptation of musical instruments for people who are physically disabled, and Sage House – Dementia Support, based in Tangmere.
Each year, the pupils and their families vote for national and local charities to receive support from the school, with children thinking of creative ways to raise funds. Special events planned for this year include Design-a-Bug House, cake bake sale and photography competition.
The children have presented cheques to representatives (pictured) from last year’s three adopted nominated charities. Sussex Wildlife Trust and Brentwood Bird and Wildlife Trust each received £2,236.71 and Hampshire’s Elizabeth House, the UK’s largest provider of education services for deaf children, received £2,888.96 from proceeds of the Friends of Oakwood Ball.
“Our links with the local community and charities are very close to our everyone’s hearts here at Oakwood,” Headteacher Clare Bradbury, said. “We welcome visits from the charities for children to find out more about their work and are pleased to have built strong and lasting relationships with the community. This includes our friends at a number of local care homes who the children often visit, and whose residents are invited to join us each year for events such as our Summer Tea Party, Harvest Festival and Community Christmas.
“We are so proud of our pupils for leading our fundraising and for nominating more wonderful charities for the school to support this year. Everyone is very glad to encourage their fundraising efforts – and of course the cake bake sale is always a real treat!”