College chooses a 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, including the National Emergency Committee’s appeal for the disastrous Nepal earthquake; and the girls again provided much appreciated gifts for pensioners and children at St Hilda’s East Community Centre.
Our charities for 2017-18
For the current year we are supporting the following organisations:
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Committed to reaching and improving the lives of people living with cancer.
Reaching out to people of all faiths and those who do not identify with a faith, Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to over one million of the world’s poorest school children every day, whilst also working on solutions to improving their nutrition and access to food in the longer term.
Across more than 120 countries, Save The Children are working to support the 11 million people who have been forced from their homes by the conflict in Syria, both within the devastated country and in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.
Supporting the two million people in the UK who live with sight loss, and especially the 180,000 who rarely leave their homes and can suffer from depression and isolation.
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.