PHPA Charities

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 goes to Victoria Heath and Alison Thornhill 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 has now been taken over by Clara Batalim-Orcel and Helena O’Shea.

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.

Would you like to nominate a charity?

Should any parent wish to nominate a charity for this academic year, please email Virginia Kairis ( with all details by Friday 6th October.
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.

PHPA Charities Round up (2016 – 2017)

In the 2016 – 2017 academic year, the PHPA supported 10 different charities nominated by Pembridge Hall parents and raised a grand total of £44,692.

Book Week included a very special fund raising effort by the PHPA involving a sponsored Read-a-Thon. An incredible £22,000 was raised for IntoUniversity, a local charity for local children and beyond. This charity provides after-school homework clubs, holiday educational programmes and mentoring schemes for both primary and secondary age children with the aim of lifting their aspirations towards the possibility of extending their education into university and giving them the associated life skills this transition would require. In addition to the money, over 700 new and good quality second-hand books were collected and given to Avondale Extra, to benefit the children of Avondale Park Primary School.

The Annual Upper School Barn Dance (the Spring Disco) is run as a charitable event with any profits being given to charity. This year we chose to support Duchenne UK and COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care). We organised a large raffle as well as a silent auction, with 13 lots. We raised £15,000, which was split between both charities equally.

The Second Hand Uniform Sales are the primary source of funding for the PHPA. 10% of each term’s sales are donated to a charity from the PHPA list. This year, we also did a Lower School and Upper School Bake Sale (£1,220 was raised), a Cash4Coins Fundraiser (£3,200 was raised) and a Sale of Heart Tins and Pencil Tins (£1,730 was raised).

The following charities benefitted:

  • Chance UK
  • Chickenshed
  • Avondale Extra
  • COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care)
  • Duchenne UK
  • Family Friends
  • IntoUniversity
  • Lifeline for Kids
  • Rugby Portobello
  • Silcock Trust
  • The Winnicott Foundation