PA Supporting Good Causes

PA Supporting Good Causes

In addition to connecting and supporting parents, the Parents’ Association undertake a range of work to both support good causes and invest back into the School to provide extra equipment or activities above and beyond that which the School would be expected to provide.

We are very proud of the monies raised for local and national causes, echoing the School’s Partnerships programme. Our current chosen charity is: Limpsfield Grange School.

Phil the Bag

The PA regularly runs Phil the Bag collections allowing parents to have a good clear out of unwanted items for the benefit of charity and the PA.

Last year the PA raised over £1200 from ‘Phil the Bag’ by collecting and recycling unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, towels, sheets, duvet covers, indeed any textile.  Phil the Bag pays per tonne collected and this money is given to the PA and used to buy “extras” for the benefit of all our pupils.

Collection dates will be advised via the School’s Weekly Newsletter and Classlist. 

Bin bags of any size can be used.

PLEASE FILL THE BAG with:  adult and children’s’ clothing, hats, shoes, belts, handbags, and household textiles including sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, curtains and towels. They DO accept school uniform and sports wear (non crested items only).

THEY DO NOT TAKE: Blankets, Bric-a-Brac, Duvets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags, Rugs, Carpet, Offcuts of fabric, Any WET items, Curtains, Tent Canvas or ripped or stained clothing.

PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT THE CLOTHING IS FOR RE-USE SO SHOULD BE IN A WEARABLE CONDITION.

You can read more about the scheme here: www.philthebag.co.uk.

The Giving Machine

The Giving Machine – an organisation that will pay Caterham School Parents’ Association every time you shop online.Signing up to The Giving Machine is a very easy way of generating funds for the Parents’ Association without you having to do anything!

Every time you shop online, sales commissions are paid which we, as purchasers, are unaware of.  The Giving Machine is a charitable organisation that converts these commissions into donations to charities.  Lots of shops are signed up to this including eBay, Viking, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Next and Amazon – the list is endless. 

There are over 8000 charities signed up to this and Caterham School Parents’ Association is one of these. 

We currently have 51 parents signed up.  From their online shopping the PA has benefitted by receiving £321.31.  This money is not added onto the normal purchase.  It is “hidden” money that is transferred and we would love it if you were able to sign up to increase this amount so we can put it back into the school. 

Please find below instructions on how to join.  It is so easy to do and such a simple way of fund raising without having to do anything!

THE GIVING MACHINE – HOW TO JOIN

1) Visit www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

2) Join to become a GIVER and choose our school, CATERHAM

3) Complete joining by adding your EMAIL ADDRESS and PASSWORD

4) If you choose to add the ‘Shop & Give’ reminder at the top of the page, it will remind you automatically every time you shop. That’s it! Caterham School will receive free cash donations every time you shop.

5) If you don’t add the ‘Shop & Give’ app, then go to TheGivingMachine website, click on SHOP and choose your store every time you buy online.

If you have any questions, please email Mandy Davies via mandydavies29@ntlworld.com

Thank you for your support!

 

200 Plus Club

The 200 Plus Club is a lottery run by the Parents’ Association.  £24 buys one number for twelve draws.  Draws are held monthly with three prizes for each draw.  The prize amounts depend upon the number of members in each draw.  Half of the money collected is given out as prize money and the other half goes to the Parents’ Association.  Over the last three years, approximately £2,750 has been raised for the PA from the 200 Club.

If you are interested in joining, please complete a membership application and standing order form (from the Parents’ Association website) and forward to Jacqui Branson (address to be added).

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