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Oakham School pupils raised £12,000 for charities including Poppy Appeal, Macmillan Coffee Morning, Oakham Foodbank and Phab

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A school raised more than £12,000 for local and national charities through fundraising missions in 2021.

Over the course of the year, pupils and staff led various fundraising projects for important causes which brought in £12,070.77 in donations.

These included supporting timely campaigns such as the Poppy Appeal and Macmillan Coffee Morning, while others have focused on supporting the Oakham community.

Oakham School pupils with Father Tim and Vyv from Rutland Foodbank with some of the food (54220588)
Oakham School pupils with Father Tim and Vyv from Rutland Foodbank with some of the food (54220588)

Worldwide fundraising projects also took place including donations to schools in Kenya and Nepal.

A total of £5,000 has been raised for the Kenya Schools Project, which Covid-permitting usually sees pupils take part in a Kenyan expedition to work in schools and build and refurbish classrooms.

The school’s long relationship with Annapurna Junior High School in Nepal continued throughout the year, with upper school pupils continuing to raise vital funds for teachers and resources which are so desperately needed.

Oakham School pupils during a Children In Need Bake Sale (54220585)
Oakham School pupils during a Children In Need Bake Sale (54220585)

Houses also played host to several bake sales across the year, with pupils making and selling sweet treats.

Pupils also continued their affiliation with Phab, a charity which inspires and supports disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults. For this, the Oakham community came together to host a day of activities for groups including Aiming High and The Rutland Disabled Youth Forum.

Chris West-Sadler, head of voluntary action at Oakham School, said: “In what has been a difficult year for many again in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are very proud of how our pupils have managed to lift spirits and give back to their local community.

“Supporting charities is very close to our hearts at Oakham School and we strive to work for these important causes and to support their outreach project.

Oakham School pupils with the cakes they made.j (54220591)
Oakham School pupils with the cakes they made.j (54220591)

“Whilst it is great for charities to receive financial donations to support their causes, the time our pupils spend volunteering is vital and teaches them a valuable lesson in giving something back through hard work and their personal time.”

Pupils spent more than 40 hours volunteering in 2021, with activities including litter picking around Oakham, working with Rutland Foodbank and painting fences at a primary school.

Other activities to highlight include a campaign from Form 7 pupil Ili, who made 200 Valentine cards for the children in Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe and dropped them off with some lollipops to help cheer them up over the pandemic.

Form 6 pupil Jono also led his own charity fundraising activity and ran 10km a day over two weeks to raise money and awareness for Neuroendocrine Cancer UK, raising £2,750.

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