At The Paragon, we want the children to feel part of their local community and engaged in the wider world. Our pupils 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 September 2018, the children chose 52 Lives as their organisation to support, raising over £9,500 during the course of the year. For the year 2019-20, we supported the Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH before schools closed in March, with PTA events, and fun fundraisers dreamed up by pupils at the school.
The charity funds projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the Royal United Hospitals as well as the friends and family who visit them. Typically, they fund new and additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’. Our Year 6 prefects were shown around the Dentistry unit at the RUH to show how little extras could go such a long way. In May 2020, funds raised were donated to the 'Help Your Hospital Heroes' campaign which supported the hospital and its staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.