Supporting good causes
Eastbourne College encourages pupils to reflect on their good fortune and consider, as an integral part of their wider education, the needs of those less fortunate or in need of help.
There are many opportunities for pupils to give generously, including events organised by the Charity Society, houses and individual pupils supporting their own charities and the Chapel Charity, reflecting a wide and ever-changing range of personal connections and experiences.
The Chapel Charity
The Chapel Charity was introduced by Revd David Ibbotson in September 2017 where a pupil or group of pupils volunteer to lead the fundraising for a charity of their choice, organising a series of events each term. This year, 2017/18, Euan McGreevy is leading fundraising in aid of the Lunchbowl Network, a charity to which he has a personal connection and which looks after orphaned and disadvantaged children in the Kibera shanty town outside Nairobi in Kenya.
In 2016/17, Georgia Yarnall led a campaign raising £7,000 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
During the school year, key charitable events take place with the help and support of the Charity Society. This is formed of house charity representatives and some volunteer members of the sixth form. They meet fortnightly with the College charity co-ordinator to plan and run charity events. They also liaise between the charity co-ordinator and their houses to encourage wider participation.
The most effective and passionate fundraising takes place within the houses where events ranging from cake sales, 24-hour athletic feats and, occasionally, a whole weekend of walking or running take place. The charities supported usually have a direct connection with the house, and these events are always supported by parents, friends and the wider community.
National and Global Disasters
As a community, the College is keen to respond to national and global disasters. Most recently, the Lower Sixth raised money to help a family affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London. In support of the Filipino staff employed at the College, we held a fundraising day following the storm in the Philippines.
Local Charity Links
The College provides on-going support to the following local charities:
- St Wilfrid’s Hospice: pupils serve and provide musical entertainment for guests at an annual fundraising lunch
- The Chaseley Trust: we host an annual mid-summer concert to help raise funds
- Teenage Cancer Trust: various house-led fundraising events. Representatives from the TCT also help to raise awareness by giving an annual talk to Year 10 pupils as part of the Life and Learning programme.
- Arts Connect: staff run courses for young artists with learning difficulties