Students at St. James’ are very generous with their time and money, working throughout the school year to raise money for our designated charities.

Last year’s fundraising efforts saw an incredible £1950 raised for CAFOD, a wonderful achievement and testament to the generosity of our school family. This was despite the restrictions that the lockdown placed upon us all.  

This year our Faith prefects have chosen Christian Aid as our school charity and all Year groups will be working together to raise funds.

For over 75 years, Christian Aid has been inspired by faith to stand together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours, of all faiths and none. They fight against poverty which blights humanity and robs people of their dignity. Christian Aid seeks to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes.

You can find out more information about the fantastic work of Christian Aid by visiting their website.

We will be organising lots of events throughout the year to raise as much money as possible. We have also set up a dedicated option on ParentPay where you can make a donation to support our students in their fundraising efforts. You can follow the link here, any donations would be gratefully received by ourselves and Christian Aid. As part of European Day of Languages began our fundraising efforts with over £140 raised from the bake off sale, a great start. During the Autumn term, a further £400 was raised by a number of Forms who organised cake sales, penalty shoot out, candy cane sales, to name but a few. We look forward to what the Spring term will bring. 

The Wellspring and Chelwood Foodbank

At the end of the Autumn term, we once again decided to collect for one of our local charities to support people within our local community who were experiencing difficulties. Our children and families were incredibly generous and our Faith prefects helped coordinate the donations from each Year group. The charities were grateful to receive such generous donations.

Our families also donated goods for local refugee children organised through St Peter’s Church. We were overwhelmed by the amount of goods received and the recipients were absolutely delighted.

Prem Dan

We also support Prem Dan, a charity based in Mumbai, India, who support children of families with low income to provide them with education and nutrition.  Prem Dan means “ A gift of love” and Sister Felicity, a nun who runs the charity she spoke these words “If you are Hindu, be a good Hindu; if you are Muslim, be a good Muslim and if you are Christian, be a good Christian”. This summarises Prem Dan’s will to serve the most needy regardless of faith.

“There are many opportunities that exist beyond the classroom for pupils to be engaged with local, national and international charities”

Diocesan Section 48 Report, May 2017

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26