Christmas is certainly a time for giving. It is estimated that each household will spend an average of £600 on presents!
We can be all too easily distracted by materialism and some of our biggest retailers are well aware of this and are seeking to temper their Christmas adverts with a charitable side. John Lewis are donating 10% from the sale of each “Buster the Boxer” toy to The Wildlife Trust. Sainsbury’s are supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital with their “greatest gift advert”.
However, the students at Woodcote don’t just leave it until Christmas to start giving to others! Our charitable giving starts in January and runs throughout the year. Hardly a week goes by where there isn’t a cake sale, a sponsored silence or a guess the weight or name or number competition.
Our students love raising money for charity and also love having fun doing so. From Mufti days, to ‘Movember’, we are constantly thinking about fundraising and have supported a whole host of good causes in the last year.
Amazingly our students have raised almost £9,000 during the year for charity from a superb £2,000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, as well as other great causes such as McMillan Cancer; Children in Need; The Lily Foundation; Cancer Research; Save the Children; The Terrance Higgins Trust; Walk for Wounded and Brain Tumour Research. Many of the charities supported are very close to home for some of our students who have raised money for local charities helping perhaps friends and family who have been affected by illness or trauma.
As Christmas 2016 approaches, it is heart-warming to know that our students truly think of others before themselves and support those less fortunate at this time of year. Our own Christmas Concert this year raised funds for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
So please, can I wish you a very Happy Christmas and let’s all use the break to think about others less fortunate than ourselves.