Pupils Learn About Responsible Philanthropy

The OO Club supported this year’s Big Give with £2,000 to be used by Fourth Form pupils to donate to charities of their choice. Every pupil was given a £5 voucher to make an individual donation to a charity, and £1,000 was presented to the House with the best presentation made to the OO Big Give judges about the charity the House would like to support with the award.

Vouchers were redeemed with over 90 local, national and international charities. Some charities had personal connections, but all met a set of criteria that the House group had decided on. This year, many Houses focused on international charities, while some pupils had strong views about medical and mental health issues. The reasons for choosing their charities were heartfelt and well thought through, and the quality of the presentations was very good, sometimes refreshing, often inspiring.

Laxton girls were judged to have made the best presentation in support of Willow, a charity that fulfills Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening illnesses, and were given £1000 to donate.