SCHOOL CHARITY 2018/19 – Martin House Children’s Hospice



The opportunity to give service to others and to look outwards to the local, national and international community is regarded as an important part of the education offered at Harrogate Grammar School. Each year the school supports a particular charity and the Charities Committee organises events throughout the year to raise money for the work of them.

In the past the school has raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust to equip a room for teenage patients at St. James’ Hospital, Leeds; VAMOS, an organisation which offers support to the Street Traders and their children in Mexico; Harrogate Hospital and Community Friends, The Himalayan Trust UK and Just Be – a Harrogate Bereavement charity which the school still maintains close links to.

A massive thank you to everyone who helped to raise or who donated money to the school charity fund in 2017/8. The committee raised an impressive amount of over £10,000 for last year’s chosen charity, BASIK (Build a School in Kenya). The charity is based in Burley in Wharfedale and helps to support a variety of projects in Kenya. We have recently received news that the money transferred has helped BASIK to successfully fund labour and materials for construction of a science laboratory at the James Ndonyi Secondary School in Tsavo, Kenya.

The Charity that the students have chosen to support in 2018/19 is Martin House Children’s Hospice. The Charity is very active in the local community providing support for families of children with life-shortening conditions. We are funding the refurbishment of, and provision of new equipment for a small cinema for the young children and their families to use.

Fund-raising efforts are spread throughout the academic year with the bizarre bazaars run by each of the school houses in December, concerts, entertainment and non-uniform days regularly taking place. There is a student-led Charities Week held in March each year involving bake sales, quizzes and challenges. The precursor to this is the annual Stay Awake event, when year 7 and 8 students are sponsored to take on a unique challenge that has been running for many years. Please support the students with their fundraising efforts where possible.

Throughout the year we also support other local charities such as Papyrus and Yorkshire Air Ambulance with other specific events. We also have a close funding links to Give a Child a Hope (GACAH) which funds students attendance of a school in Matugga, Uganda, where monies raised in the past have enabled the school to build a vocational centre, where students learn trade skills, giving them life-long opportunities.

Charities Committee.