One of the Rokeby Parent Circle’s main objectives it to raise much-needed funds for our chosen school charity and other local charitable causes, through organising enjoyable events for the parents and boys.
In the past, there have been two school charities at any one time, as well as different charities for each of the School Houses. Following feedback from parents, this has now been simplified. So, going forward, the RPC and School will jointly select, from a shortlist of charities proposed by the boys and/or parents (through Class Reps) one school charity every two years. Funds raised from RPC events will be divided equally between:
1. The School (for e.g. purchasing equipment or improving facilities where such expenditure is not covered by existing budgets).
2. The chosen RPC charity, which for 2019/2020 remains Eikon (see below).
3. A fund which will be used to benefit a variety of local charitable causes such as assisting our partnership state-maintained school where government funds have restricted development.
Eikon is an award-winning Surrey-based charity that has been working in the local Surrey communities for over two decades. It provides long-term support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people. Its vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults who make a positive contribution to society.
The Eikon Charity’s origins date back to 1995 when the ‘New Haw Youth Project’ was set up by Eikon’s founder, Chris Hickford. Chris met many young people coping with extremely difficult personal issues who had very little, if any, help available to them.
It was apparent that regardless of the severity of their issues, due to the fact many of these young people had not yet reached a certain level of crisis (such as committed a crime, been excluded from school or become homeless) they were below the threshold for government support. Chris and his team understood the importance of helping these young people before their problems escalated into larger and potentially insurmountable crises.
The group’s work expanded into other areas of Surrey and in 2005 it was renamed The Eikon Charity. “Eikon” means picture, or vision, in Greek and reflects the charity’s ambition to help those it supports visualise a better future. The name also has connotations with “icon”, which is appropriate, as positive role modelling for young people is a fundamental part of the charity’s work.
Since 2016 four charities – Eikon, Reflex Woking, Windle Valley Youth Project and The Lifetrain Trust have merged to form the organisation that Eikon is today, supporting thousands of young people. Each charity brought strengths and most importantly, a great reputation for helping young people transform their lives.
Visit Eikon’s website here.
Other charities who have been supported in recent years include:
|School Year||2018 - 2019|
|Donation to Eiken Charity||£8,700|
|Donation to Prader-Willi Syndrome Association||£8,700|
|School Year||2017 - 2018|
|Donation to Greenmead School||£30,280|
|Donation to Prader-Willi Syndrome Association||£30,280|
|School Year||2016 - 2017|
|Donation to Greenmead School||£8,255|
|Donation to Harrison’s Fund||£8,255|
|School Year||2015 - 2016|
|Donation to The Royal Marsden||£34,506|
|Donation to Harrison’s Fund||£34,506|
|School Year||2014 - 2015|
|Donations to South London Younger Parkinson’s Network and||£5,331|
|Donations to The Royal Marsden||£5,331|
|School Year||2013 - 2014|
|Donations to Momentum||£38,940|
|Donations to South London Younger Parkinson’s Network||£38,940|
|School Year||2012 - 2013|
|Donations to Winston’s Wish||£6,400|
|Donations to Momentum||£7,128|
|School Year ||2011 - 2012|
|Donations to Back-up||£21,700|
|Donations to Winston’s Wish||£21,700|