Community

It is very important to the School to support local communities and charities and to respond to international appeals wherever possible.

Friends of Della and Don (FoDAD)
The Village School is committed to provide ongoing support for St Mary’s Village School in Ratmalana through ‘Friends of Della and Don’. The charity was set up by a friend of a past parent of The Village School, who was holidaying in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Tsunami hit. Their aim is to provide access to a decent education, healthcare and community facilities to the people who live in the village of Ratmalana.

Funds raised by The Village School provide a daily breakfast for each pupil, which can often be the only meal some children will receive each day, at the cost of  £1,970 every 4 months.

We have also raised funds for school uniforms, a playground and a school library. Like any school, their needs are ongoing and they are currently appealing for funds towards a new roof for the school and other community needs, such as water pumps and fishing boats.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Village School secretary.

To find out more, visit: http://www.friendsofdellaanddon.com

Email from Della 22nd February 2011:
Subject: It’s down to you!

“You should be glowing with pride. The government sent health visitors to our school yesterday. They were astounded and said they could not believe how healthy the children are. It is all down to the nutrition they get from the food you supply. I only realised the difference when I visited a school for street children this week.

It is a wonderful island to visit, full of ancient Buddhist culture, great food and, of course, our kids. I hope that you can get here one day!”

Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Camden :
“The Village School shares a close relationship with the Charlie Ratchford Centre for Camden Residents aged 60+. Harvest Festival hampers collected in school are taken to the centre by the Upper School Choir. A delightful afternoon ensues with time for a chat over a cup of tea and a cake,  followed by a performance from the Choir, with everybody joining in a few of the old favourite songs.”

2017 - 2017 Charity Activity Raised
Sept 2016 Macmillan Cancer Support Cakes and Coffee Morning £274.94
Oct 2016 Kentish Town City Farm Lucky Dip £367.75
Nov 2016 The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal £196.65
Dec 2016 Heath Hands Village Business Award £904.98
Dec 2016 St. Mary's Church Mufti Day £147
Dec 2016 St. Mary's Church Christmas Carol Concert Donation £150
Jan 2017 Cancer Research Young Art Competition £200
Mar 2017 Bigsby LED Project Kidanza 'Be Our Guest' £1,195
- 2016/17 Total to date £3,436.32
2014 - 2015 Charity Activity Raised
Sept 2014 Earthquake Appeal Collection on gate £1250.47
Oct 2014 Kentish Town City Farm Lower I Lucky Dip & Cake Sale £250
Nov 2014 British Legion Poppy Appeal £200
Dec 2014 Royal Free Children’s Ward IIIrd Form Village  Business Award £TBC
Dec 2014 TBC IIIrd Form Village Business Award £TBC
Jan 2015 Cancer Research RCA Young Art £100
- 2014/15 Total to date £1,800.47
2013 Charity Activity Raised
Oct 2013 Kentish Town City Farm Lower I Lucky Dip & Cake Sale £285.85
Nov 2013 British Legion Poppy Appeal £TBC
Dec 2013 Mayhew Animal Home IIIrd Form Village  Business Award £226.11
Dec 2013 Dogs for the Disabled IIIrd Form Village Business Award £203.34
TBC Marie Curie Collection on gate £50
- 2013/14 Total to date £765.35
2012 - 2013 Charity Activity Raised
Oct 2012 Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Lower I Lucky Dip & Cake Sale £307
Nov 2012 British Legion Poppy Appeal £160.40
Dec 2012 Junior Diabetes Research Foundation IIIrd Form Young Business Enterprise ‘Starburst’ £468.54
Dec 2012 Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead IIIrd Form Young Business Enterprise ‘Snip Snap’ £374.70
Jan 2013 Cancer Research Art Competition £170
- 2012/13 Total to date £1,480