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Church School and Community Centre in Polgawatha, Sri Lanka

 

Since the Autumn Term of 2015, Pippa Pop-ins has been supporting the building of a Community Centre/Church Hall in Polgawatha which is a small village situated in the Western Province of Sri Lanka (about 20 kilometres from the City of Colombo).  Polgawatha Church has a mixed community made up of mainly Buddhists and Catholics.  The Catholic Church provided the land and the Church Community started the fund-raising campaign back in 2013.  The village (largely made of low-income families) came together and contributed in every way they could in order to make this a reality.  Pippa Pop-ins funded the costs of completing the construction of the School building as well as providing desks, chairs and benches for the classrooms.

 

 

As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Pippa Pop-ins Curriculum, our Children learn about the world and different cultures as well as the importance of kindness, generosity and helping those less fortunate. The Church School and Community Centre in Polgawatha, Sri Lanka has become part of the learning in Transition Year.

 

Red Cross London Fire Rescue in support of Grenfell Tower Victims

 

Following the Grenfell Tower Fire of the Summer of 2017, Pippa Pop-ins raised funds for the relief effort of those affected by the tragedy. Many parents generously supported this fundraising on our annual Sports Day through the purchase of ice-cream and umbrellas. We would like to thank all parents who contributed for their generosity. This has enabled Pippa Pop-ins to donate £850.00 to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund. We sincerely hope this will make a difference in the immediate support and the future of those injured, bereaved or made homeless by the tragedy.

 

MacMillan Coffee Bake Sale in Autumn Term

 

Every Autumn Term, Pippa Pop-ins organises a Bake Sale at each Nursery to raise funds for the MacMillan Cancer Support. Parents can bring baked goods to be sold or purchase them on the morning of the Bake Sale. In 2016 and with all the parents’ generous help, Pippa Pop-ins raised £1970.00. This amount covered for a MacMillan Nurse over a period of two weeks helping patients affected by Cancer. Pippa Pop-ins continues to support this cause in the coming Autumn 2017 and we hope that it will be a continuing success in the years to come. 

 

Harvest Baskets for Sir Oswald Stall Foundation

 

In addition to the MacMillan Coffee Bake Sale, every Autumn Term also sees the Harvest Festival which is an occasion for parents and Pippa Pop-ins to join together in support of vulnerable or injured Veterans of the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation. Parents and children wishing to participate are asked to prepare and decorate a basket filled with non-perishable food items which will then be donated to the Foundation. In the Autumn 2016 and after a very generous donation of baskets, some of the Veterans kindly visited Pippa Pop-ins Children to thank them in person for their very kind gesture. We will be organising the Harvest Festival again in the Autumn 2017 and are counting on the parents ongoing support and generosity.

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