Culford is proud to be known as a school with pupils who regularly raise money for charity. Although, individual pupils are welcome to raise money on their own for a cause close to their heart, most giving takes place in the form of events organised by a student-led Charities Committee.
Whole School Events
There are a number of one-off annual events to raise money for charity, distributed throughout the school year. There is also a ‘All We Can’ week each term supported by the Chaplain, to raise money for Kailash Bodhi School in India, which you can read about below.
Other annual events include: a Macmillan Coffee Morning with a Walk in the Park; the Culford 5K Challenge, where pupils run around the estate in fancy dress for Riverwalk School; Remembrance Day supported by the Culford CCF; the Culford Charity Restaurant, where pupils become front of house for a pop up restaurant in Culford Hall in support of Kailash Bodhi School.
There are also a Charity-Shop Fashion Show (supporting a different charity each year), Carol Service Collection (Action for Children) and Rock Music Concert (Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy). There are also five Non-Uniform Days, when pupils pay £1 to wear their casual clothes. The Charities Committee selects the charities to be supported on these days.
In addition to whole-school events, each House holds its own charity events, often led by Sixth Formers, centred on annual House Concerts. This enables pupils from each House to involve themselves in smaller projects, often supporting good causes at a local level within Suffolk or East Anglia.
Charitable Trip to Malawi
Culford supports two major overseas schools’ projects, in Malawi and in India.
July 2009 saw Culford's first charitable overseas visit to Malawi for a group of current Lower Sixth Formers. This has become an annual trip, headed up each year by around 20 Lower Sixth students, who fundraise throughout the year to finance their trip and the charitable work once they arrive there.
Malawi is a beautiful country and its people are warm and open. It is, however, one of the poorest countries in the world, let alone Africa, and the experience is quite unforgettable for all those concerned. The work involves building classrooms and teachers’ accommodation at two village schools, providing materials and resources for several children’s homes and visiting other projects funded by the money raised by our pupils.
Culford’s seventh trip took place in July 2015, and you can read a report about it below:
Raising Money for Kailash Bodhi School, India
During a Culford Expedition to the Himalayas in 1999, the pupils and teachers involved visited Kailash Bodhi School in northern India. The school had been running for ten years, providing basic teaching for children of Tibetan descent who had no right to education in India. Our group stayed for a few days, helping out with teaching and general building maintenance. On their return to Culford, the pupils were keen to set up a scheme to provide regular income for Kailash Bodhi School. Several initiatives were launched, and the main contributor in the last five years has been the Charity Restaurant, held annual in November, and the termly ‘All We Can Week’.