During the pandemic, most of our fundraising activities have sadly ground to a halt; in the past year we have been unable to hold our summer fete, Christmas fayre, termly discos and Easter bingo. All of these activities, not only help raise much needed funds to support school projects, but they also provide us with opportunities to meet with the children and their families outside of the usual school day.
We would love nothing more than to be able to open the school to community fund raising events but at the current time, this is sadly not an option. Whilst our fundraising events may not be on, we have not stopped with our plans to enrich the school environment for all of our pupils. However, we can only do this with your support.
Our fundraising project
We have very ambitious plans for the school and hope to raise at least £20,000 so that we can make improvements to several of our outside areas. Phase one of our project is to reshape the grove and provide a wildlife area in the EYFS outdoor space. We also want to install some outdoor mirrors to help reinforce the key teaching of coping with different emotions and recognising the feelings of others.
In addition, we want to introduce new climbing equipment in the playground and a trim trail so that the children not only have a more stimulating environment for break times, but so they can improve their skills in climbing, balancing and team-work. Opportunities to play and be active are more important than ever to lessen the social, emotional and mental health impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on our children.
We will be publishing our target of £20,000 along with regular updates on the progress of the project. We will also involve the children in helping us decide on the most appropriate equipment needed; we can then share this information with you in our newsletters so that you can see exactly what we are aiming for.
How you can help us fundraise
We hope that you will be able to help us with fundraising but we appreciate that not everyone is in a position to simply donate to the school. We have therefore registered as a cause with our local Co-op Store and with an online search engine called ‘The Giving Machine’, details of both are shown overleaf.
Co-op Causes fundraising scheme
If you shop in the Co-Op, you can become a Co-Op member and register our school as your cause, then every time you shop, a donation is made to Beech Grove (there is no additional cost to the customer). This campaign will run until the end of the year, so there will hopefully be plenty of opportunities for us to benefit from the scheme. Some of you have already registered and chosen us as your cause and we have currently over £100 in our fund; this is a great start!
For more information on the scheme and the school’s page, please click on the following link; https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/47353?fbclid=IwAR3vCR4CwZtC2JGKB5RpQ_Xh2yRw_zDk21I4h0DhcJmMih8UcWVqWpdLFqE
The Giving Machine
When you shop online, you make a purchase via ‘The Giving Machine’. Your purchase automatically generates a sales commission, which is the same as other search engines, but The Giving Machine turns this into donations. If you can nominate our school as your chosen cause, then this commission will be passed on to us at no extra cost to the customer.
For more information, please click on the following link;
Go Fund Me
For anyone who would like to make a direct donation to the school, or indeed just to see how well we are doing with our fundraising, please click on our ‘Go Fund Me’ page on Facebook at:
We hope to link with local businesses to see if there are any opportunities for them to help with our project. If you know of any businesses that might like to help, perhaps with some form of match-funding, please let us know.
We will continue to research other ways to raise funds for the school and will share this information with you in our newsletters.
This is an exciting project for Beech Grove which has the potential to make a huge difference for all of our children. Please do spread the word so that we can get as many people involved as possible and begin working towards achieving our target.