At The Paragon, we want the children to feel part of their local community and engaged in the wider world. Our students enjoy fundraising for charities at home and overseas. The experience brings them into contact with people and ideas outside their day-to-day experience and they enjoy the continuing relationship they are able to build with individual charities. We believe that having a charity to support helps the children see themselves as global as well as local citizens.
In recent years we’ve raised thousands of pounds for projects in Uganda and Ethiopia as well as funding an extra care worker for a year on behalf of Children’s Hospice South West.
In September 2018, the children chose 52 Lives as their next organisation to support for 2018-20. Founded by Jaime Thurston, 52 Lives helps to change someone's life every week of the year. Each week the charity chooses someone somewhere in the world in need of help, shares their story on their website and on social media, and requests what that person needs. Supporters then spread the word and offer help if they can, which changes that person's life - and inspire millions more who read about their stories of kindness.
One of the unique things about 52 Lives is that 100 per cent of what people give goes directly to the person in need.
52 Lives also works with thousands of children every year as part of their School Kindness Project. Each week, they visit a different school to run Kindness Workshops which aim to empower children by helping them realise that the little choices they make every day can make a big difference to the world
The Staff Chosen Charity
In addition to supporting the children's chosen charity, The Paragon staff also fundraise for the teachers' chosen charity, the Charitable Foundation for the Education of Nepalese Children (CFENC).
Charitable giving is a strong feature of the school.ISI Inspection Report