The PHPA raises awareness of the chosen PHPA charities and supports the school in their charitable endeavours.
The charities’ initiative by the PHPA has been an unqualified success and we would like to thank all the parents for supporting us through our social events/fundraisers as well as donating their daughter’s second-hand uniform and, crucially, buying it!
In addition to the donations that we give to charities, all the PHPA funded school events are made possible due to the money generated through the Second-Hand Uniform Sales. These include: The Lower and Middle/Upper School Christmas Parties; the Headmaster’s Quiz Night/Candlelit Supper; Refreshments at Sports Day and the Summer Fete as well as other smaller items.
Our grateful thanks go to Clara Batalim-Orcel and Helena O’Shea who ran the Second-Hand Uniform Sales for the last few years and put much time and enormous effort into making sure the PHPA can continue to enhance the girls’ time at PH as well as provide charitable donations. This academic year it will be run by Clara Batalim-Orcel and Sofia von Moltke.
Throughout the year we work together with the school to raise money and awareness for our charities, as well as organising donations. For further information and links to the charities we support, please look at the Charity section on the school website.
Should any parent wish to nominate a charity for this academic year, please email Katerina Antonopoulou (firstname.lastname@example.org) with all details by Friday 14th September.
All charities suggested must have a UK Charity Commission number as well as the following the criteria that they must be either local, benefits children and/or educational. A list of the charities will be compiled and we will try to support each one throughout the year. At year end, if there is a surplus of PHPA funds, further donations will be made.
In the 2017 – 2018 academic year, the PHPA supported 20 different charities nominated by Pembridge Hall parents and raised a grand total of £43,315.
Book Week included a very special fund-raising effort by the PHPA involving a sponsored Read-a-Thon. An incredible £24,000 was raised for two charities – Beanstalk and Baytree Centre. Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with reading and confidence. Baytree Centre provides training and educational activities for women and girls with the aim of raising aspirations and supporting achievement. In addition to the money, over 600 new and good quality second-hand books were collected and given to The Avenues Youth Project.
The Year 6 girls undertook the Thames Path Challenge Walk, a sponsored 15 mile walk along the towpath next to the river from Hammersmith all the way to Hampton Court Palace. The two charities that were supported through this walk were Duchenne UK and Cats Foundation. The girls, along with funds from the PHPA, raised a fantastic amount of £5,000. This was shared equally between the two charities.
The Second Hand Uniform Sales are the primary source of funding for the PHPA. 20% of each term’s sales were donated to a charity from the PHPA list. This year, we also did a Lower School and Upper School Bake Sale (£1,415 was raised), a Cash4Coins Fundraiser (£3,500 was raised) and a Pembridge Bear Sale (£3,000 was raised).
The following charities benefitted: