At St Barnabas we love to show our Christian Values of generosity, friendship, respect and service to others through a variety of fundraising events over the year. Our children often come to us with their own fundraising ideas and our Rotakids and Friends of St Barnabas (FOSB) PTFA also fundraise for the school, local and national charities. Please see our events for information about the next fundraising events.
So far this year we have supported the following charities:
Support for Ukraine
In light of the current devastating situation in Ukraine and the wonderful generosity and compassion of Neve in Year 2, we have decided to change our red nose day on Friday 18th March to a 'Red day for Ukraine' supporting the British Red Cross. As well as dressing in red (or children may want to wear yellow and blue like the Ukrainian flag), we will also be holding a cake sale. Neve and her friends and family will be baking cakes along with some of our infant classes. All of the money raised will go to the British red cross and every pound donated by the UK public will be matched by the UK government through its Aid Match scheme up to the value of £20 million.
This support will double the impact of the public’s own donations and will ensure that charities working on the ground can reach those in urgent need. You can either donate on parent pay or via the red cross website. You will also find out more information of other ways you can support families in Ukraine.
Dress to Express to raise money for Children's Mental Health Services
Children in Need- Friday 19th November
A huge thank you to you all for putting on your spots and for your generous donations to Children in Need. You have raised a fabulous £256.50 so have helped to make a positive difference to the lives of many children in the UK.
Harvest fundraising for DARE- Darwen Asylum and Refugee Enterprise
Thank you to everyone who attend our Harvest Festivals this year or donated generous gifts of food or toiletries for local refugees. We were fortunate to be joined by John, Patsy and Shameem from DARE (Darwen Asylum and Refugee Enterprise) who have taken all of your donations, the children’s welcome posters, local maps, prayers and poems. They will be sorted into parcels for refugees who have joined our community in order to give them a warm welcome and will also be shared with others in need in our community. We heard a harrowing account from Shameem, who fled from Afghanistan seven years ago due to being persecuted as a female teacher there. She has only just managed to get two of her children here seven years later and they are now attending our local high school and are being supported by one of our past pupils, who remembers Shameem visiting St Barnabas several years ago.
We are so thankful for the work that John and Patsy are doing to support people in our community who are in need and so grateful for your donations. We are so proud of our children for showing our Christian Values of generosity, friendship and respect through the warm welcome they have shown refugees through their prayers, poems, welcome posters, maps and songs.
Thank you so much for your generous donations for Harvest this year. Darwen Asylum & Refugee Enterprise (DARE) were overwhelmed with your support and generosity. The donations were created into care packages along with the children’s maps of the local area, welcome to Darwen posters, prayers and poems which enabled refugees to receive a warm welcome to Darwen.
Hello Yellow Day for Young Minds- Friday 8th October 2021
Our whole school family dressed in yellow to brighten up our school, raise awareness of mental health and raise money for Young Minds. Our Year 4 class led our Hello Yellow Day Worship and really got the message across and raised awareness of mental health. We are so proud at St Barnabas to say we are working hard to make a difference to young people’s mental health.
The Brain Tumour Charity
Georgie in Year 3 took on an amazing challenge to raise money in memory of her Daddy who passed away last year from a brain tumour. She has raised over £3000 for The Brain Tumour Charity from her paddle, pedal and plod challenge. Children in Year 4 were so moved by Georgie's story in Worship that they decided they wanted to help to support The Brain Tumour charity too. They created a list of names for a giant teddy and children chose names for a donation of 50p and a chance to win the teddy.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
It was wonderful to be able to have parents and grandparents back in school for our Macmillan coffee morning and afternoon tea sessions. Due to the overwhelming generosity of our parents donating cakes and money donations, we raised an amazing £398.23. Thank you so much for your support of such an important cause, one of which is close to the hearts of many of our staff and parents who have lost loved ones to cancer.