Winchester Fundraising

March 3rd 2014

Fundraising in Winchester – The Girl Effect

This year, Winchester prefects decided they wanted to organise events to raise money for The Girl Effect, a charity which helps girls from different countries who live in poverty, receive a good education and learn skills they can use later in life.

The charity was created by the Nike foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Already, thousands of people around the world have raised money for this charity that strives to create a better future for underprivileged girls.

So what did we do? Well, a disco is fun for everyone so we could help break the ice in Year 7 while raising money for a brilliant charity. We decided that on Friday the 13th September (very ironic) we would hold a Year 7 disco in St Alban’s Hall. As none of us had ever done anything like this before, we knew organising it was going to be a challenge but we wanted to help the Girl Effect in any way we could.

The first thing we did was to talk to Mr Whiteley, the Head of Year 7. He thought it was a really good idea and sent a letter out to all the parents so they could send in a permission slip. We then created the posters and tickets. Kristie came up with a really cool design so we quickly set to work putting posters up around the school.

It was then time to sort out the actual disco. Music is of course essential so we asked Sam Ainsworth and Luke Topolski in Year 12 to DJ for us. We also needed refreshments. We bought crisps, fizzy drinks and decided on the prices and then we bought glow sticks to make the disco a little more special.

On the actual night, we were all nervous, we so wanted this to be a success…and it was. The music was great, everyone was dancing and in total we raised £324! The disco was fantastic and we all enjoyed ourselves but this wasn’t our job finished…

On Saturday the 12th of October, we had a bake sale in the refectory at break. We had asked people to bring in cakes in the morning and like before, we were nervous. What if we had no cakes? What if no one came?

Thankfully the bake sale was fantastic. We had delicious chocolate and sponge cakes, cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts and lots more. In the end, we were almost sold out and after counting the money, we realised we had made £300! A massive thank you to everyone who baked or brought in a cake!

We organised another disco social for the boarders before the October Half Term which raised another £100. 

Finally, we decided to make our own Christmas crackers to sell at the Hockerill Christmas Market.  Once we had gathered all of the necessary parts we encouraged the younger boarders in the House to help us to make them – we sold over £100 worth of crackers on the day so our final cheque for £852.04 has been sent to The Girl Effect.

Organising these events was a great experience for us. We used our leadership, communication and team skills to raise money for an extremely important charity. We also had fun and it was lovely working together as a team, to do something that may help other girls our own age, across the world.


Olivia Tomlinson

Day Boarders House Captain

Posted at 15:04 on 27th Feb 2019