Charities Term So Far ...

‘What are you giving up for Lent?’ is asked almost as soon as the final Christmas present has been unwrapped or the tree dismantled. This Lent Term we’re challenging the school to look at Lent rather differently and to take up something for it – and we’d love you to join us.


The Houses are banding together for a week at a time to raise money and awareness for their chosen charity in the Lent Charities’ Term. There will be four weeks dedicated to fund- fun- and awareness-raising and charitable giving: we hope minds will be opened. - Hilary Dugdale, Senior Deputy Head

Charities term gives all our Houses the opportunity to choose a cause they care about and passionately compete with their peers to raise the most amount of money for said charity. Pupils take full responsibility for the planning, promotion and participation of their events making this a fantastic development opportunity.  

The role of the charity reps is to organise various events and raise money and awareness for their chosen charities. This involves a great deal of planning and communication with stakeholders across the Lancing College community. 

Matilde G 

This year our Houses are supporting the following charities: 

West Sussex MIND – Gibbs’ House Men in Mind – Teme House 
ActionAid UK – Handford House JDRF – Saints’ House 
Farm Africa – Second’s House Chestnut Tree House – School House 
The Lily Foundation – Sankey’s House Action for Children – Field’s House 
Turning Tides – Head’s House Caritas Bhakita House – Manor House 

Handford House

Handford House has chosen to support the charity Action Aid because we felt it was important to support women’s rights in any way that we can. Action Aid is dedicated to changing the world for women and girls and making it a better, safer place to live.  


Throughout the course of last term, we had various meetings to discuss the arrangement of our events, including budgeting and contacting different companies to supply what we needed. We also liaised with staff for support such as understanding how to make all the lights work in Cherry Hall!   


We decided to host a silent disco as it was something different that the school had never held before. Everyone who came seemed to have a lot of fun and it was certainly entertaining for those of us without headphones, listening to some (nearly) tuneful singing.  


Millie D 

Saints' House

This charities term, Saints’ House has been supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in support of one of our students who has T1 diabetes. Our two reps, Mimi W and Grace C, worked tirelessly, holding a cake and pizza sale, in addition to setting up a raffle with a fantastic range of prizes from theme park tickets to cosmetics, electronics, board games and chocolate treats. They also organised an open mic night to showcase the talents of their peers and held a party night in the café with pizza.  


Michelle Porter

Gibbs’ House 

This year Gibbs’ House is supporting West Sussex Mind, a charity organisation that aims to promote mental wellbeing, and provide training and sessions to help people struggling with mental health. This year alone they have supported over 6,000 people across Sussex and equipped over 12,000 people with the skills to help those who suffer with mental health issues. We chose this charity as we felt as a group that it is very important and an often overlooked topic with millions of people suffering worldwide. 


We organised a food stand in Great School where we served burgers, wings, and a range of delicacies for all to enjoy! We introduced a skip-the-queue pass at lunch, allowing students to bypass the queues that occur at lunch and supper. 


Ethan T 

I wanted to be a charity prefect, because I want to make a difference in the community and provide help to any group of people that need it, knowing that there are unfortunate challenges in life that need help.

Tise O 

Sankey's House

Sankey’s House is supporting The Lily Foundation which aims to help children and families living with mitochondrial disease, set up by a family who lost their daughter Lily at a very young age. One of my past teachers was very close to the family and I know raising money would mean a lot to them and everyone suffering from mitochondrial disease.​ 


With each house deliberating what fundraising events they’d run for their chosen charities; we chose to focus on what would make the most profit whilst simultaneously requiring minimal set up. My personal favourite event that we organised was the pyjama day hosted on 23 January. Everyone seemed relaxed and many students have requested another one soon! I am really looking forward to the concert we are putting on in late February for students and parents.  


 Matilde G 

Teme House

At Teme we are supporting Men in Mind, a local charity that provides advocacy and mental health support to those in need. They supported over 6,000 people last year and the money we raise will go straight to helping even more people in the community.  


I chose to become a charity rep because I wanted to give back to the community and help others. Being a charity rep is a great way to meet new people and develop personal skills.  


For Teme’s charity week, we collaborated with the food trucks that visit the College on Saturdays. By charging an extra pound we were able to raise funds for charity and share delicious treats with our peers. On the Tuesday, we organised a pyjama day and baked brownies to sell at break. On the Thursday, we hosted a dodgeball tournament, and, on the Friday, we collaborated with Manor House to host a pancake sale at break. Finally, we are all participating in the Malawi walk again after half-term and have each been sponsored to do so.  


Sebastian K-H 

Field’s House 

As this year’s Charity Representatives for Field’s, we are excited to raise awareness for our chosen cause: Action for Children. Dedicated to supporting, protecting, and advocating for vulnerable adolescents around the UK, the objective of this charity really resonates with the Field’s students. Our preparations for our charity week started early with a full programme of events including the infamous whole-school game of Spyring, a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, a sponsored Sleep Out, House Spirit Day and much more!  We are very grateful to be given this opportunity to bring some fun to the school week, but more importantly, to make lasting improvements to the lives of young people across the country. 


 Hayley T & Verity K