We support a number of charities at Bishop Gilpin and encourage children and families to get involved in different fundraising activities.
Mabale Primary School Project, Zimbabwe
Mabale is a school in a rural part of Zimbabwe, which suffers badly from a lack of finance. We began supporting Mabale in 2009, initially as part of the annual Lent project.
We have now built a good relationship with the school, with our children exchanging letters with the Mabale children, and with us giving financial support in return for news and photos.
In the first three years we gave about £3000 and this was spent on teaching materials, sports equipment, new doors and windows for the classrooms and general school maintenance.
Children have to pay £30/year to go to school in Zimbabwe, which prevents many from being able to get an education. In response to this, in 2012 we began an offshoot project, and Bishop Gilpin families can now help Mabale families by paying this fee for them.
For more information, please visit the Friends of Bishop Gilpin website at: http://friendsofbishopgilpin.org/Assets/Mabale_Plus.pdf
Motor Neurone Disease Association
We have chosen to support this charity because our previous Headteacher, Mr Cargill, was diagnosed with this condition shortly after he retired. In 2011 and 2012, we sent all the proceeds from our carol service and nativity plays to this charity, which funds research into Motor Neurone Disease.
For more information, please visit the Motor Neurone Disease Association website at: www.mndassociation.org
Royal Marsden Hospital – Wolfson Unit for Children with Cancer
We support this charity because one of our pupils was diagnosed with a rare cancer at 18 months of age. She owes her life to this hospital, and the family can vouch first-hand for the excellent work they do with sick children.
We raise money for the hospital by collecting coins – any currency, old or new, notes and coins. It does not have to be large amounts, because the Marsden collect enough nationwide to be able to exchange each currency for sterling. Between 2011 and 2012 we raised over £800.
The collection box is in the main school entrance outside the school office so please do put in anything that you have left over from holidays abroad, or that you get by mistake in change, etc. Every coin counts and nothing is too small.
For more information, please visit the Royal Marsden Hospital website at: www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk
The Wimbledon Guild has been working in Wimbledon for more than 100 years, providing a range of services to support local people of all ages.
At Christmas time we join with other schools and locals in donating Christmas presents to the Guild who distribute them to local children who would otherwise not receive anything. The Guild comes to assembly to talk to our children each year, to explain the work that they do.
For more information, please visit the Wimbledon Guild website at: www.wimbledonguild.co.uk
Faith in Action
Faith in Action (FIA) was set up in 2004 when a number of faith and other groups in Merton decided to work together to try and help homeless people in the local area. They provide support, information and assistance to homeless people, including those with addictive behaviours for whom there are currently gaps in the service provision.
They provide a drop-in centre two days a week, which provides a hot meal and access to a range of services. Over the winter, they work with local churches and groups to provide nightly shelter for homeless people in their halls. These are manned and catered for by volunteers, quite a few of whom are parents of Bishop Gilpin children.
From 2013 FOBG will be giving a percentage of money raised at events to this charity.
For more information, please visit the Merton Faith in Action website at: www.mertonfaithinaction.org