As part of our school vision, 'together we love, learn and grow', the support of charities and charitable acts is important to us all. The school focuses on a main charity, or charitable act, throughout the year and this is chosen and organised by our charity ministers. These ministers are democratically elected at the start of the year and take their role very seriously.
They organise presentations of a range of charities, then a vote and a charity is elected.
As a Church of England school we value our community and as Christians we have decided to show our love and responsibility to it through our choice in this year's charity.
This year's charity selection is a local charity called 'Caring Hands'. It is based at the Christian centre in the Vale of Evesham. We would like to raise money to help them towards obtaining their own building, collect food and toiletry parcels and hopefully even volunteer for them.
It is an important charity for our local people and families who are on low incomes, those in severe debt and with benefit issues, single parent families, ex-offenders,, families of ex-offenders, homeless, mental health problems, crisis situations such as illnesses, injury, relationship breakdowns and bereavement.
We feel all citizens should be happy citizens and would like to show how Harvington Church of England First school and Caring Hands can together love, learn and grow.
Previously, we have supported a range of charities over the last few years including The Guide Dogs, The Midlands Air Ambulance, St Richard’s Hospice, The Vale Wildlife Charity. Most recently we have chosen to lead charitable acts and the children have completed a kindness calendar and collected items for Caring Hands in Evesham.
We have also supported our school link in Tanzania by collecting used football kits as well as fundraising for inflatable balls for the children to play with. In turn we have been learning about life in Tanzania and we have received details of the girl we are sponsoring to attend school.
The school also supports Children in Need, Water Aid and Red Nose Day. An important event in our school calendar is our Harvest Festival when we collect and deliver Harvest baskets to the senior residents in our village. This act of kindness is always very much welcomed and we are inundated with kind 'thank you' messages afterwards.