All pupils are encouraged to help organise and support a range of activities to contribute to local and national charities. In doing so we feel it is important to raise their awareness that there are people in the world less fortunate, and that people’s practical needs can be met.

Normanhurst has a well-established Charity Committee, run by the pupils themselves, to raise funds for worthy local and national causes.

Charity Committee

Amazing Marathon Achievement

Mrs Taylor and Mrs Botha ran the London marathon in October 2021. A massive well done to all students who supported the fundraising and managed to raise £4891.69 for the charity, Samaritan’s Purse.  This includes £1563 that was raised via an online platform.  Mrs Botha handed the cheque to Darren Tosh and Edward Graham at the Samaritan’s Purse office.

An estimated 842,000 people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. The funds raised will provide clean water to people who desperately need it.

Easter Egg Donations

A huge well done to Malachi who arranged a really thoughtful charity event in time for Easter. He asked family and friends of Normanhurst to donate Easter eggs which could be distributed to children and their mothers who have been affected by domestic violence. In total he has been able to donate 98 eggs, which were delivered to the following safe houses:

  • Hackney Hestia
  • Tower Hamlets Hestia
  • Refuge

The charities commended Malachi on his longstanding commitment; the Refuge suggested that he apply to do a work placement with them, which is a lovely offer. They also commented on how much Malachi has grown over the years and wish him much success with his GCSEs.

Nicolas and Sofia’s Ukraine Donations

Over the Easter break, Sofia in Year 5 and Nicolas in Year 7 managed to collect a whole car boot full of donations for the charity Friends of Ukraine. Here is what Sofia had to say about her efforts:

‘I did it to help the Ukrainians because I know they are having a hard time as refugees from a different country. We gave them food and anything else that will help them to make things a bit easier for them. We asked a lot of people to give us some donations to help support the charity and I feel really happy about it!’

Well done to both Sofia and Nicolas for giving up their time to support a charity.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

The pupils at Normanhurst School have been missing their weekly visits to The Spinney Care Home. To bring them a little ‘Christmas Cheer’, the pupils created cards and decorations personalised to each resident at The Spinney. Two Year 6 prefects delivered these to The Spinney reception for them to give to the residents.

Pupils across the juniors and seniors created a video of poems, songs and stories for them to watch.

Harvest Festival Donations

We once again enjoyed a lovely Harvest Festival held at the Parish Church of Ss Peter and Paul Church. The children had a great time entertaining the audience of friends and family with songs like the ‘Harvest Samba’ and poems all about harvest time and Autumn. It was especially interesting to hear the children talk about the Soup Run.

Thank you to everyone for all your donations, they are sure to make a huge difference.

Elizabeth Raises Money For Young Minds.

To raise money for charity, Elizabeth decided to do people’s hair in different hairstyles. She learnt different hairstyles including a dutch braid and enjoyed doing up different people’s hair! Miss Stone kept it in for the whole day. “My challenge was to get 10 people, I got eleven which was even better!” Elizabeth raised £100 for Young Minds.

Captain Tom Challenge

All of the junior pupils participated in either 100 jumps jumping jacks or star jumps in
celebration of Sir Captain Tom’s birthday. The pupils on this occasion managed to raise £85 which has been donated to the charity Young Minds, who continue to support young people growing up and experiencing challenges.

Diana’s Where’s Wally Fun Run

Diana in Year 3 has supported the National Literacy Trust Charity, and took part in the Where’s Wally Fun Run on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of March 2021. She ran 10K around Lee Valley and has managed to raise £200 to support the literacy and learning of all children across the UK. She enjoyed the opportunity to raise money for such an important trust and as a school we are very proud of her efforts. Well done Diana!

British Dyslexia Association

In October, Normanhurst Juniors celebrated Dyslexia Awareness Day by wearing red and donating money to the British Dyslexia Association. The juniors learnt a lot about the many attributes to dyslexia and found out about many of the unknown things linked to it. Thank you to everyone who donated, we raised a total of £89.00!


The Little Princess Trust

Well done to Year 5 pupil, Bahar, who donated 20cm of her hair to The Little Princess Trust. Bahar had been growing her hair solely with the purpose to donate it to charity, so was thrilled when she found out it was finally long enough to cut!

NHS Charities

We are so proud of two of our pupils who raised an amazing £700 for NHS PPE during the Coronavirus pandemic. To raise the money they went on a 10k charity bike ride, which they said they found tough, but a lot of fun!

Honeypot Charity

Last year, we handed over a cheque to the Honeypot Charity for £1300!  A representative came to school and spoke to the children about the charity and how this money will help. The charity has been working to enhance the lives of young carers aged 5-12 since 1996. They give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home, and provides regular respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

This donation was achieved through a series of fundraising efforts such as cake sales, a sponsored walk, non-uniform days, raffles and various other activities. We couldn’t have done it without your donations, so thank you!

Macmillan Cancer Research

During our Macmillan Coffee Morning, we managed to raise an impressive £512.44. There were so many different types of cakes and sweet treats on offer, many people found it hard to decide what to buy! Thank you everyone for your generosity, the funds raised are sure to make a huge difference to the charity.

Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

You may have come across the Operation Christmas Child initiative, which thousands of churches, schools and businesses across the UK are already part of. Alongside sending shoeboxes overseas, the charity respond to issues like water and sanitation and sustainable livelihoods along with disasters and emergencies.

Recently, our netball team enjoyed playing against the teachers in a charity match to raise money for Samaritan’s Purse. Everyone had great fun, with the close game being won by the teachers.


Some chosen charities over recent years have been:

  • Barnardos
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Poppy Appeal
  • St Thomas of Canterbury Soup Run
  • Trussell Trust
  • Lifeboats
  • Children with Leukaemia
  • Dylan’s Story
  • Ali’s Gift
  • David Ashwell Foundation
  • United World Schools in Cambodia
  • And many more…