At Wycombe Abbey, giving support to the community, whether global or closer to home, is an intrinsic part of School life under the umbrella of the Give Back initiative, which encompasses all the charitable activity at Wycombe Abbey. Some of the charities supported have been with us since the School’s foundation in 1896, whilst others are chosen each year by the girls themselves, and co-ordinated by Charity Prefects. Our aim is to integrate charitable activity into the School curriculum, fostering in every girl an awareness of the needs of others.
Whole school charities include Central Aid, based in High Wycombe; One Can Trust Foodbank, and the Melanesian Mission in the South Pacific. Wycombe Abbey has supported the work of the Melanesian Mission since the school was founded by Dame Francis Dove as one of her ‘Foundation charities’, working to improve education and access to Christianity in this remote region.
In addition, girls nominate and vote for school charities biennially, with previous charities including Place2Be and War Child. Between 2019-2021, we are supporting Renewable World and Wycombe Homeless Connection. Houses also do their own additional fundraising, and whole-school fundraisers are a source of both great fun and fund-raising for the chosen charities.
Horizons, a local swimming club for disabled children, provides after school sports clubs for children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties in the Buckinghamshire area. The weekly swimming sessions, hosted by Wycombe Abbey girls, develop the youngsters’ enjoyment of sport and their physical and social skills.