Each year the parents and pupils at St. Margaret’s are exceptionally generous in their support for a myriad of charities, which include Red Nose Day, Children in Need and many others.
Our 2022/3 School Charity is UNICEF as nominated by Knight House and winning the majority vote by the whole school. This year the House Captains were asked to choose charities that are helping current causes. Unicef provides humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide, such as those effected by the war in Ukraine and protects children’s rights in the UK and internationally.
Local homeless charity, Sanctus was nominated by Knight House, winning the whole school vote to become our Charity of the Year for 2021/22. Sanctus is based in Chelmsford and is a day centre serving homeless and vulnerable people. They provide hot meals, distribute clothes, sleeping bags and other essential items as well as being a support hub providing a wide range of vital services.
The 2021 annual vote for our Charity of the Year was won by Knight House, who nominated Starlight Children’s Foundation. Starlight uses the power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and their families. They create boost boxes and play boxes for seriously ill children across the UK’s hospitals.
The 2020 vote was won by Rolfe House, who chose SESAW (Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare), an independent charity dedicated to caring for any abandoned, sick or injured animal, domestic or wild.
In 2018, inspired by the powerful message from Sir David Attenborough’s wonderful ‘Blue Planet’ programme, the children voted for ‘Rivercare and Beachcare‘. In 2017, following a very closely contested school wide vote, Little Havens Hospice was chosen as our Charity of the Year.
The Christmas appeal in 2016 allowed us to sponsor Tigust and Yohanas through Ethiopia Hope and we subsequently raise sufficient funds through staff donations every year to continue to support this charity and their wonderful work to help children in Ethiopia to continue their education.
St Margaret’s has a magnificent record of fund raising for good causes – our families are always so generous and the children really do gain so much from these experiences.