Oundle pupils are committed, creative and generous in their fundraising efforts for charities, typically raising in excess of £60,000 a year. Activities are organised by individuals or Houses and can involve any number of pupils from individuals and small groups to the entire School.
Houses are encouraged to adopt and develop connections with a particular charity and to build on any personal links. The year starts with the annual Charities Fair where each House organises a stall offering the challenge of throwing a sponge at a row of brave teachers, eating doughnuts dangling from a string, or the chance to indulge in tattoos, face paints, waffles or toasties. All this fun and entertainment results in well over £1000 being raised for various charities nominated by Houses.
The School regularly supports a number of charities both in the UK and overseas. Over £12,500 is raised each year for CCHF, which gives disadvantaged children a week of fun activities and respite care over the summer holidays at Oundle School. A team of pupils returns to School in the summer holidays to help out both with this week and with the Mencap Holiday Week. The pupils’ accounts about their involvement with these activities pay testimony to the life-changing nature of their experiences.
Recently, the School has teamed up with The Big Give and the Old Oundelians Club to run a Big Give project in our Fourth Form, whereby £2,000 is donated towards a variety of charities that pupils have researched and debated about in House groups. Finalists last year included Cancer Research, Operation Smile, the BDFA and Restring Dignity.
Three pupils completed the London Marathon, raising over £6,000 for their chosen charities, while endurance has been tested at School as well, with teams of pupils running for 24 hours in the gym, swimming for 24 hours non-stop, and swimming both the equivalent of the English Channel in the School pool and the actual Channel.
Overseas the School regularly supports communities in Kenya, India and South Africa, not only with fundraising but with groups of pupils travelling to the local communities to visit and undertake various projects.
Other recent fundraising initiatives include First and Second Form girls knitting squares to make blankets for an orphanage in Soweto, the sale of marmalade by a Bramston mum, and teams of runners who join local races, such as the Santa Fun Run in Burghley Park.
One of the charities the School supports is the Langalanga Scholarship Fund and Kariandusi School Trust in Kenya. Every year they produce cards and notelets to raise funds. Details about this year's cards are below.