Charity fundraising

College chooses four main charities annually. Each House nominates one charity and an overview of the nominations is presented in Prayers. Staff and girls then anonymously vote for the charities they would like to support during the next academic year.

While we would like to help as many organisations as possible, choosing a smaller number means the chosen charities can each benefit substantially from a larger donation. It also enables College to build up a relationship with each of the charities, giving girls the opportunity to find out more about them and their work.

Several girls have gone on to take gap year placements with some of these organisations and with St Hilda’s East, our permanent charity.

College has also supported various ‘one off’ appeals, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, staff and students rallied to help their local communities in any way they could, from making visors, face masks and hand sanitiser for the NHS to initiating projects to support the most vulnerable.

Our charities 2021-22

For the current year we are supporting the following organisations:

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialised nursing care and supporting young people with cancer. The charity offers world-class cancer services for young people, providing life-changing care and support so they don’t have to face cancer alone.


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. They want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Refugee Action

Refugee Action has supported refugees and people seeking asylum since 1981. In the last year, Refugee Action has helped 875 refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK.

St Hilda's East

Our permanent charity: a multi-purpose community Centre catering for all sections of the local community in the East End of London. Founded by The Incorporated Guild of Cheltenham Ladies' College in 1889.