The School Council, under the direction of Adam Hutsby (Deputy Head of the Sixth Form (Pastoral and Social), Economics & Business Studies), comprises 15 elected members from the Upper Sixth who are responsible for fundraising for charity within the College. The charities the College pupils support are many and varied but there are several with whom the school has long-standing relationships like COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas), Hospice Care Kenya, and FOAG (Farmers Overseas Action Group), whom we regularly support when we can.
COCO is committed to relieving the suffering and distress of children throughout the world in areas of extreme poverty, natural disaster or war. Through a member of our staff, Gwyn Sloan, the College has a history of supporting Hospice Care Kenya which helps the least privileged in Kenya.
FOAG helps improve the social and economic development of Uganda’s rural communities. The donation the College made last year went towards paying for a second-hand ambulance to help improve medical care.
The School Council is responsible for deciding which charities to support and for deciding what level of support the school can offer. Each year the SC receives many requests from local, national and international charities, as well as from Old Malvernian’s undertaking charity work. One such request, which was subsequently supported by the school, was from Old Malvernian Tom Bromwich who is involved with the Get-A-Head charity working on pioneering cancer research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. More recently from the funds raised through the 2012 CVS Ball, the College has managed to help Old Malvernian Alastair Neale, who is working with the Sebakwe Black Rhino Trust, to help conserve the population of black rhino in central Zimbabwe. The trust has a dual role in Zimbabwe and also helps provide primary school education in this very poor region of the country.
The SC organises a number of charitable events throughout the academic year including an annual CVS Ball for the Sixth Form, and an annual Spring Ball for the Lower School. Funds are also raised by holding non-uniform days. The Council sells a range of seasonal products including candy canes at Christmas and Valentine carnations. This year the demand for candy canes broke all records with a total of 2,155 distributed to Houses.
Some of our pupils choose to volunteer each week to help in the day-to-day running of local charity shops. Recently, pupils have helped at Sue Ryder Care, the Barnards Green Toy Library and the Daisy-chain charities. Their contribution is greatly appreciated by permanent staff who feel that the pupils have shown maturity and demonstrated a dedicated work ethic that the school can be proud of. Our pupils find their time working at the charity shops really rewarding; it provides them with a new perspective and they enjoy helping to raise money for the charity.
All together we have had a very constructive year with significant sums of money raised to help those less privileged than ourselves. Our School Council has worked hard and with great commitment throughout the year.