Rupert House School’s Amazon house hosted a fundraising event for their chosen charity, Helen & Douglas House last week raising £60 and donating 33 bags of donations.
Each house at the school take it turn to organise a fundraising event for their chosen charity. Following a talk from Kathy (a grandmother to two of their pupils), who volunteers at the Helen & Douglas House charity shop in Henley, the children decided they would like to support them and build a lasting relationship with the charity. In addition to the emphasis on raising money, they discussed the importance of recycling with regards to clothing and fabrics and talked about the impact of fast fashion on the environment.
On Thursday last week (27 January) children wore home clothes to school with the idea being that their outfits included something they had bought in a charity shop. Pupils also chose to either bring in something to donate to the Helen & Douglas House charity shop (such as some clothes, toys or books), or to bring in a cash donation for the charity.
The pupils had great fun talking about their experiences of browsing the local charity shops and hunting for things to wear to school.
Nick Armitage, Head at Rupert House, said “It is so important that children understand the role the charity shops play in encouraging us to reuse and recycle items and the ways in which we can support charity by donating to and buying from the shops. I am proud of the children for wanting to support Helen & Douglas House and the other fantastic charity shops and for coming up with such an engaging and unique idea for a fundraising event. Thank you to everyone that donated.”