Charity News from Queen Anne's

Thursday 11th December 2014

This Michaelmas term, the school’s two chosen charities have been The Laura Crane Cancer Trust and The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre.

The Laura Crane Cancer Trust is the only UK charity funding medical research specifically into cancer affecting teenaged and young adults and The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre is a Berkshire based charity, which cares for mistreated, stray and unwanted animals.

Our Charity Prefects, alongside pupils and staff, have been working hard to raise as much money as possible throughout the term for our  charities and for other local charities and Miss Ella Ormerod, Head of Charities and Weekend Activities at Queen Anne’s, provides a summary of the events and activities which have taken place this term:

On Friday 26 September, pupils and staff embraced the baking spirit to help raise money at the MacMillan Coffee Morning. Four large tables containing a variety of biscuits and cakes were enjoyed by pupils, staff and the local community and Queen Anne’s managed to raise £500 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

On Friday 3 October, the school’s Harvest Festival involved pupils bringing in a selection of produce to donate to a local Women’s Refuge in Caversham. Pupils kindly donated an overwhelming amount of produce, which was then delivered to the Women’s Refuge where it will help the women residing at the centre. The charity has been established since 1991 and offers a comfortable environment for women of any age, ethnicity and faith. The food, delivered by Queen Anne’s, will go to the centre to provide warm meals for the women who attend the centre all day.

On Friday 6 December, the annual Charities’ Christmas Fayre, organised by our pupils, took place in the Forum and overall was a great success. Each house had a stall and pupils were also joined by our ‘Tycoon in Schools’ companies RetroCycle and Chalk n Cork. Students involved in the Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) were also present and the Fayre also featured stalls from the Art department and the school’s caterers, Thomas Franks. The Fayre raised a fantastic £578 in total.

A collection was also held after each senior drama performance of “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday 4 through to Saturday 6 December and thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended, a further £177.12 was raised from donations alone.

As well as raising money for charity, our pupils have been supporting the elderly in the local area by organising the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Tea Party on Monday 8 December. Pupils helped serve tea, coffee and cakes to over 84 ladies and gentleman from 3 of the local care homes in Caversham. Guests were treated to performances by the Queen Anne’s Dance Company, the senior drama students who performed in “A Christmas Carol” this term and the Lower School Choir helped set the festive spirit by performing a number of carols.

There will also be a collection for the school’s two chosen charities at the Dorchester Abbey Carol Service to be held on Friday 12 December. Thank you to everyone who has supported our charity events this term.

Please find below for some photographs from the Charities’ Christmas Fayre and the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Tea Party:


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