Most New Beacon boys do not want for anything, yet their collective response when undertaking charitable work, whether it be for a fundraising activity or giving up time to perform to the elderly, is overwhelming.
In addition to regular collections made during Chapel services, pocket money donated on non-uniform days, cakes baked and sold, sponsored walks, reading and silences are some of the many different ways that funds are raised for needy causes. Sometimes national campaigns are joined, such as Comic Relief, and support is also provided on an annual basis to charities and good causes at home and abroad.
Occasionally, requests are made for a specific cause and one of the many successes in recent years was the raising of £13,500 to purchase a tractor for the people of Kondoa, Tanzania. The Bishop of Kondoa visited the New Beacon and explained the plight of his flock. This struck a chord and owing to the generosity of the New Beacon community the required sum was raised after many different events and activities organised by the boys and adults alike.
Wildlife charities are also high on the list of good causes supported by the school and we are members of The Kent Wildlife Trust, Cetacean Rescue and Research Unit and give regularly to the RSPB and Woodland Trust.
Sometimes we respond to specific pupil appeals. After a visit to the theatre, Year 6 pupil Louis P asked if there was anything we could do to help the homeless people he encountered in London. We responded by donating the proceeds of our annual apple juice harvest to homeless charity The Manna Society.
Some of the charities supported in recent years include:
- Christian Blandford Foundation
- Samaritans Purse
- Remember Romania
- Hospice in the Weald (Pembury)
- Bridge Trust (Tonbridge)
- Wherever the Need
- Fair Trade
- Cancer Trust
- Childhood Leukemia
- The Ameca Trust (Chilli to Killi)
- Demelza House
- Dandelion Trust
- Children with Cancer UK
- Sport for Local Primary Schools
- Red Nose / Comic Relief
- Starlight Children’s Foundation
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Kit Aid/Football Gambia
- St Nicholas’ Church in aid of children with AIDS (in Kenya)
- British Heart Foundation
- Kondoa Tractor Appeal
- The Royal London Society for Blind People
- Goliat Lusuko
- Kent Air Ambulance
- Christian Aid
- The Leprosy Mission
- Poppy Appeal
- Neema Crafts
- Brooke Hospital for Animals
- The Manna Society
- Xavier Project