The new Lower Sixth charity reps began the year by researching and presenting three possible charities to the school. Students and staff voted for Helen & Douglas House to be the St Helen and St Katharine charity from March 2019-July 2020. Money from the recent home clothes day and Easter egg hunt will be shared between the two runner-up charities (Alzheimer’s Society and Homeless Oxfordshire).
Helen & Douglas House provides hospice care for babies and children up to the age of 18 in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. The charity helps local families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby or child who will die prematurely. Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice in Oxford, is a home from home for local terminally ill children and their families. They provide round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment. It is a special place, where families can make the most of their time together and create happy memories during their children’s short lives. When a child dies, Helen & Douglas House are there to support the whole family during this tragic time.
Helen & Douglas House need to raise £3 million each year just to pay for the hospice care they provide. They receive very limited NHS funding so the charity works hard to raise the money needed through their shops, events, lottery funding and grants. Almost all of the money required comes from donations – our fundraising will make a very real difference to the charity. It will help terminally ill babies and children to live their short lives to the full, creating happy memories in their final days, weeks, months or years with their families.
Pleasingly, we raised £19, 000.44 for Mercy Ships UK, our chosen charity for 2018. This success is the result of the whole school community working together - students, staff and parents. Once again, we trust that you will partner with us as we begin an exciting new year of fundraising.
Mrs Homann and Lower Sixth charity reps