At Wycombe Abbey, supporting the community, whether global or closer to home, is an intrinsic part of School life under 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.
Our Dove 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, working to improve education and access to Christianity in this remote region. Dame Frances Dove was one of the founders of Central Aid, which currently supports the poor in High Wycombe by providing and selling second-hand furniture and electrical appliances.
In addition, girls nominate and vote for School charities biennially. We are supporting Ripple Africa in Malawi and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service in High Wycombe between 2021-2023. Whole-School fundraising and individual House fundraising are a source of both great fun and donation for the chosen charities
Horizon, 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.