During the 2019/20 academic year, Alpha Plus Group and its school and college communities raised over £600,000 for charitable causes, with environmental, educational and community concern at the heart of our fundraising. Some of the charities sponsored this year were: Skylarks, The Royal Parks Foundation, St Mary’s Hospital ‘More Smiles Appeal’, Macmillan Cancer, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s Church, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children Charity, Ronald McDonald and Canine Partners.
Internationally, our schools and colleges have supported charities such as Stand By Me, which establishes schools, homes and care centres for abandoned children in eleven countries, and Rwanda Aid which funds the building of new classrooms and facilitates a teacher mentor scheme in Rwanda.
The group also proudly continues its support for a United World School in Cambodia. Because of practical challenges to fund-raising during the pandemic, our school and college communities had to come up with new and ingenious ways to fundraise this year. Some launched sponsored walks, others virtual sport challenges, foodbanks and Christmas presents collections, mufti days and more.
In April 2020, Alpha Plus Group also established a Hardship Fund to help families affected by the pandemic to pay Summer and Autumn term school fees. The Fund, which has now closed, made grants totalling over £1.5m to more than 300 families.