Charities

We'll do anything for charity!

The School raises over £20,000 per year for chosen charities. These charities range from local to national and international. There are special links with a number of charity projects in Tamil Nadu in India. Every year students have the opportunity to travel there to see these projects in action, staying at a local Ashram. Near the Ashram there is a school which the students visit and where they have the chance to teach the pupils and see the school in action. This school was started by Chigwell parents a number of years ago. In order to raise funds, students take part in a number of activities which often create a great sense of fun. Charities week takes place towards the end of the Michaelmas Term and is entirely led by the pupils themselves.
Students are encouraged and supported in both fundraising and volunteering to help charity work. Many of our students have been motivated to plan their own activities. Not long ago one student raised £11,000 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital by organising a sponsored walk from Buckhurst Hill to Great Ormond Street and another raised over £1,100 by arranging a charity gala evening for Haven House. Other students have gained wonderful experience as volunteers leading to careers in medicine and the caring professions. Late in the Trinity Term all pupils take part in an activities week. This week also gives pupils a chance to be involved in a wide variety of community projects.
    
If you are interested in becoming involved in our community and its charities programme, please contact the Revd Simon Paul on spaul@chigwell-school.org. Your contribution would be most welcome.​​

Each year, the Tim Pruss Prize is awarded to support students who wish to carry out charitable work overseas which will benefit others and the students themselves.  The prize is in memory of Tim Pruss O.C. who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 18.  In the summer of 2013, prize winner Jack Redmond travelled to India.

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Highly commended in summer 2013 were Zach Bacon and Kirthana Selvakumar who helped build a library for an orphanage in Sri Lanka.  Their PowerPoint and video give a flavour of their time there.

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