King’s pupils regularly raise over £45,000 per year for their chosen charities through a variety of fund raising activities: 24 hour sponsored bike rides, fun runs, House quiz nights, coffee mornings and bake offs are among the regular activities.
The School selects a ‘Charity of the Term’. Presentations are made in morning assembly, promoting the causes of charities with which pupils often have a personal association and a vote is subsequently taken. The cause that receives the most support becomes the Charity of the Term. Collections at the end of school services in the Cathedral and a sponsored ‘home clothes day’ are just two of the many ways in which funds will be raised. The Charities of the Term for Autumn Term 2018 are The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Days for Girls.
A highlight of the year is the sale of carnations by Walpole House around Valentine’s Day each February. Each carnation goes to the recipient with a valentine message attached on a ribbon and over 5,000 carnations are purchased every year. In 2017 over £3,300 was raised from the carnations sale which went to the Multiple Sclerosis Society UK.
The Rock Concert in February 2015 raised £6,884 for various charities, while the Fashion Show in February 2014, exhibiting costumes and designs created by the pupils themselves, raised over £9,000 in aid of The Strode Park Foundation.
Each year the Support Staff also raise funds for a charity of their choice. For 2017 they supported Precious Memories Maternity Services at QEQM Hospital, Margate. The hospital wishes to raise £108,000 for a bereavement suite to provide help and support for parents suffering from the loss of a baby before or during birth. In December 2017 the Support Staff presented them with a cheque for £6,654.43. For 2018 they are supporting Troy’s Travels. Troy Philpott was an avid rugby player for Canterbury and was a keen BMX rider. Tragically, at the young age of 13, Troy had a dramatic change in health and this left him battling his sudden diagnosis of Leukaemia, which caused him to have a bleed on the brain. Unfortunately, despite surgery, it was too much for him to deal with and on 18th April 2017, his short battle ended. Troy’s Travels has been set up to ensure that his name will live on in the Village of Hersden and around Canterbury. It is hoped to raise enough money to replace the Hersden Community Centre’s minibus.