Every year, the School raises a large sum of money for various charities. In addition to regular events such as the British Legion Poppies, Jeans for Genes and Children in need, the children hold book sales, cake sales and run competitions and the whole School community enjoys fundraising events such as the Winter Fair, Quiz Night and the Summer Fair, as well as the Leavers’ Gala Night.
Thanks to generosity and commitment of DHS parents, staff and children, the proceeds of these events contribute to the School’s chosen charities: Ataxia and Rwanda Aid, giving us an opportunity to help and often change the lives of underprivileged children around the world. All charitable fundraising is administered through The Cornflower Trust.
DHS is proud to announce its future support to the Ataxia UK Charity from April 2018. Ataxia means ‘Lack of Order’ and is used by doctors to describe problems with balance and coordination. In some cases people can get the symptoms for a short period of time and then recover. However in many cases Ataxia is permanent and the symptoms get worse over time. Resulting in walking becoming impossible, slurred speech, problems with swallowing which can cause choking, tremors or shaking often in the hands, fatigue and tiredness and problems with sight due to difficulty controlling eye movement. Ataxia can affect anyone at any age. In many people, discovering the cause of ataxia is complicated and involves many tests and sometimes the cause still cannot be found. More than 10,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with a type of progressive ataxia. Our fundraising will go to help support everyone who is affected by ataxia.
‘Rwanda Aid works in the remote south west region of Rwanda, in the districts of Rusizi and Nyamasheke, situated between the Nyungwe Forest and Lake Kivu. Here the people are not only struggling from the aftermath of the genocide in 1994, but they also face desperate poverty.
Rwanda Aid has two main aims:
- To bring hope and relief to the most needy and vulnerable, especially the very poor, the sick and disabled, widows, orphans and the elderly.
- By supporting education and training, to help people to build a more secure and prosperous future for themselves and their country.
It is a small charity that creates innovative, pilot projects that act as models and catalysts for further development. Devonshire House School is committed to supporting two projects through Rwanda Aid, a village which houses and then aims to resettle Street Children and the establishment and support of a new school for children of primary age in Nyamsheke district .
The Charity is run by a board of trustees chosen for their different areas of expertise and for their commitment to Rwanda.’