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, Sport Relief and many others.

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 raised sufficient funds again this year through staff donations to ensure their education continued for 2019.

St Clare Hospice is another organisation that has been supported recently as it has been providing excellent care and invaluable support to one of our families. Ava and Orla to set up a stall allowing pupils the opportunity (if they wished) to purchase (for a suggested donation of £1.50) the St Clare Flumpets (to hang from their rucksacks) and St Clare Christmas Tree Badges (to wear on their blazers in the run up to Christmas) and wristbands.

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.


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