As a school, we have supported many charities over the years. Each year the pupils choose two charities to support and in the last six years we have raised nearly £140,000 for our charities, something that the girls and boys are very proud of!
In 2019 - 2020, our children have voted to support Dalit Children (for a second year) and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex.
"A chance conversation with a teacher friend, led to our family joining him for Christmas 2007 at a school for 'untouchables', (also known as Dalits) in Southern India. Having volunteered there two years earlier, Richard told us how moved he had been by the children's exuberance and infectious joy, and in his words, 'happiness with so little'. That Christmas our lives changed forever. We met Father Eric and Father Maxim, the two Indian Jesuit priests who had founded Loyola School in 2004, specifically for Dalit and other impoverished children. Dalits are also known as 'untouchables', or 'outcasts'. These children are the 'poorest of the poor'; many have lost one or both parents, and almost all work from a very young age to help supplement the family income. We were extremely moved by the work being done at Loyola Xavier school to care for and educate these children, so before we left we asked Father Maxim how we could help? He gave us details of 28 Dalit children needing financial sponsorship, and asked if we could find sponsor parents for them. The impact of the trip made me want to sell our house and donate all the money to Xavier school but my husband convinced me this possibly wasn't the right idea long term! He reminded me of Mother Theresa's words, "it is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving...", and suggested I use my enthusiasm and optimism to encourage others to join us to help the 'untouchables'. And so as soon as we'd returned from India in January 2008, the charity Supporting Dalit Children was formed". Dinah Findlay Founder of Supporting Dalit Children and Managing Trustee
"Here at Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, we strive to save lives by providing the best possible care every minute of the day, every day of the year. We are an independent charity, every penny we receive is truly valued. Last year alone, we were called out to help over 2,500 people in life-threatening conditions. We never stop innovating and improving the care we can give, which means every donation we receive is vital. We want to make sure we are available each and every time someone needs us. For 18 hours of the day, we operate with two crews. For the remaining six, when it is quieter but there are still people out there who need us, we operate with one crew. Our charity headquarters and forward operating base are located at Rochester Airport, with our aircraft hangared and maintained at Redhill Aerodrome. When the call comes, our aircraft can reach any part of the region within 25 minutes".