At Dunannie we feel it is important for the children to look globally as well as helping our local community. Of course, with young children the global aspect is a difficult concept, so we try to hook it on to something tangible and relevant.
Big Brother Mouse is a charity that publishes and supplies books to the children of Laos. These are taken from village to village on a book caravan providing children with, in many cases, the only book they have ever owned or sometimes touched. We paid for the translation, publishing and distribution of ‘Peter Rabbit’.
We have formed a link with the school in Swaziland and write to the children. Bedales students take our letters and return with their replies that they read at an assembly. They also show pictures of their visit and the work that they do.
Last December, Dunannie became the local collection centre for donations to be sent out to the victims of the Philippines devastating typhoon. Working closely with our children and families we were able to fill and send 3 container loads of much needed supplies to the region.
Nearer to home, we continue to send fresh produce to Ramscote Home for the Elderly at harvest time and we also send dried goods to various food banks.
We have raised many hundreds of pounds to train a Hound for a Hero which included regular visits from the dogs to school. We raised thousands of pounds to buy two electric wheelchairs for local children. The build up to this included a visit from Dame Tanni Grey- Thompson.
Every year, we support ‘Children in Need’ and either ‘Comic Relief’ or ‘Red Nose Day’. The children love dressing up and the cake sale is always very popular.
Our annual Fun Run is a sponsored run around the athletics track in a themed fancy dress event. This raises a great deal of money and this year we sent it to Farms for City Children (Michael Morpurgo’s charity).
We also have an annual visit from the RNLI who talk to the children about safety on the beach and in the water, each time ensuring we give a donation.