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The GHC Reverse Advent Calendar

Alongside our Employability schemes of work for KS3 and KS4 pupils at RISE@GHC and Citizenship for GHC main site pupils, we are once again launching The Reverse Advent Calendar in partnership with Kerith Community Church and the Trussell Trust. This charitable fundraiser is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn, appreciate and understand the importance of community, especially in terms of supporting individuals in our local Bracknell area who have fallen into hardship as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis. This fundraiser will also allow pupils to build their empathy skills for others as well as to learn the practicalities of savings and budgeting. Last year, the donations from our RISE@GHC community were able to feed hundreds of families across Bracknell, this year we want to support even more families.

In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. Just in the months of April to September 2022, 1.3 million emergency food parcels were donated to families across the UK. This Christmas, it is expected that this number may double or even triple in size. Our local Trussell Trust is based at Kerith Community Church, and since October, the numbers of people (families and even NHS workers) in Bracknell needing support has quadrupled and they are in desperate need of donations.

How does a reverse advent calendar work? Instead of giving yourself a sweet treat every morning in the run up to Christmas, all you need to do is to donate to someone in need.
So, this is where we ask for your help, and only if you can. From Monday 28 November until Tuesday 13 December we are asking our GHC community to donate items this winter to help support the people of Bracknell this Christmas – so no one goes hungry this year.

We are requesting the following items:

  • Boxes of Biscuits
  • Chocolate Cake Slabs
  • Christmas Chocolates
  • Tins of Ham, Chicken, Hot Dogs and Fish
  • Tinned Spaghetti and Baked Beans
  • Packet Stuffing
  • Instant Gravy
  • Pasta and Rice
  • Tinned Fruit and Vegetables
  • Long Life Milk and Fruit Juice
  • Toilet Rolls
  • Toiletries including Female Hygiene Products
  • Baby Products, especially Formula and Nappies
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent

If you are able to support us this year, each Tutor Group will have their own donation boxes in their Tutor Rooms for items to go into during the two weeks of our fundraiser. At the end of the fundraiser, a selection of pupils from each year group will have the chance to go to Kerith Church, to see first-hand how their donations are processed, as well as have the opportunity to create food parcels for local families.

If you have any questions or would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Allen, l-allen@garthhillcollege.com or Mr Bennison, s-bennison@garthhillcollege.com