Charities supported by the school
Oakwood families and staff are given the opportunity to nominate charities close to their hearts for the Oakwood community to support each year. Our pupils vote on both a national and local charity and throughout the school year think of wonderful creative fundraising events to raise funds. We welcome visits from the charities to teach our children more about their work and develop in our pupils a greater understanding of their responsibilities in our local community.
We are very proud of our pupils for leading our fundraising and actively engaging in the support of our chosen charities each year. Mrs Bradbury often meets with small groups of pupils who are particularly passionate about promoting a fundraising idea, either for our school charities or for a charity that has impacted them directly. We are always glad to support these endeavours, a Friday afternoon cake sale is a real treat!
This Year’s School Charities
Riding for the Disabled Association – Enriching lives through horses
At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), their horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement â€“ all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK.
RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through their network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in our cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as they can.
RDA can only carry out their life-changing activities thanks to the generosity of donors, the dedication of volunteers and the good nature of their fantastic horses.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
In a nutshell, Hearing Dogs for Dead People train dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss – sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives, and can even save them.
But their clever canines do so much more than alert their recipient to sounds. Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence now they have a loyal companion and a true friend by their side.
As if this wasn’t enough – hearing dogs have saved countless lives in their important role; fire alarms sounding at the dead of night, alerting them to the shouts of a loved one who is in peril, even saving their deaf partners from potential car thieves!
Dogs are known for their loyalty and love – and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People see these valuable traits in a hearing dog every day.
The Sussex Snowdrop Trust
Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Trust
Children’s Air Ambulance
Cancer Research UK
Each year we are delighted to present both chosen charities with a cheque for approximately £2,500.