Charity Information 2015-16

Junior School

Stroke Assoc logoA stroke strikes every three minutes in the UK in an instant but its effects can last a lifetime. Stroke is the largest cause of complex disability and around 80% of stroke survivors experience movement problems. Three quarters of stroke survivors lose the use of one of their hands. Often they have to re-learn to do the things they’ve always done – using their other hand. At the Stroke Association, they believe in life after stroke and support people through their rehabilitation. Many stroke survivors find that completing everyday activities with one hand is a life-long challenge. However, the Stroke Association provides much-needed hope, inspiration, advice and support to thousands of people affected by stroke and their loved ones.

Raising money for this amazing charity will help countless people. Just £5 provides fact sheets to fifteen stroke survivors to help them come to terms with the effects of stroke. £10 helps train a volunteer to take blood pressures and help prevent avoidable strokes.  £17 allows their Stroke Information Service to provide vital telephone support to a stroke survivor, a family member or carer, £25 buys gardening tools to make gardening accessible for a stroke survivor; £100, would allow the stroke association to run an art therapy workshop for 10 stroke survivors, £125 would allow them to run an accessible allotment for stroke survivors through the summer. Only £155 provides a stroke survivor, or their carer, with a grant for food, electricity, or appliance they desperately need, which is an absolutely amazing service. £160 buys a wearable motion sensor to measure the effects of specialised physical training programmes for stroke survivors. £168 pounds provides a month’s worth of treatment drugs to reduce brain damage after stroke.

Middle School

Year 11

Children's Cancer Unit logoThis year, Year 11 will be supporting The Children’s Cancer Unit, which is a local charity dedicated to helping fund and support the work of the Children’s Cancer and Haematology Unit in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  This includes funding equipement and resources such as staff training and research.  The Children’s Cancer and Haematology Unit cares for children up to the age of 16 with cancer and blood disorders, such as leukemia, sarcomas and tumours.

They are currently trying to raise £800,000 for 2 isolation rooms to be added to the ward.  This is such an amazing charity, and their work is really valued by both the young people they help care for and their family and friends.

Year 12

Marie CurieMarie Curie aims to provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. Their nurses work night and day, in people’s homes and hospices across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. They are there for people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk. They have been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years now.

A donation of £20 can pay for one hour of care from a Marie Curie nurse. Other money raised can go towards providing a comfortable, homely place within hospices where family members can stay with the patient. It will also provide specialised machines, such as communication devices if the patient is unable to speak and they also provide bereavement support where a social worker will remain in contact with families’ months after a loss to ensure everyone is coping okay.

Senior School

Hopeful Hearts logoHopeful Hearts Charitable Trust is a Northern Ireland based charity which funds a free Christian slum school in the heart of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. It supports 180 of the most vulnerable children from the slum who receive, one meal a day (normally the only food they will get the whole day), medical care, books and uniforms. At the moment the charity rent a building for the school to be held in, but it is limited in space, only providing rooms for baby class through to P3. So currently when school starts back next year the children going into P4 will have no classroom and so will not be able to come back to school and so will have to go back to begging in the slum with no further education. The pupils of Glenlola will be helping to raise money this year to go towards the renting or purchasing of a larger building to enable the school to continue providing classrooms and teachers for their P.3 class to continue into P.4 and take on a new baby class. Hopeful Hearts Children’s Academy provides the children with a safe learning environment and helps to build relationships with families living in extreme poverty, in order to share with them God’s love.

More information can be found on their website:

Neonatal_picNeonatal Unit: Ulster Hospital 

The Intensive Care Unit/Special Care Unit can accommodate up to 13 babies – 2 intensive care, 2 high dependency and 9 special care.  The unit provides for pre-term babies and sick neonates.  The money raised would go towards specialised equipment, training and hopefully in the long term further accommodation for parents who do not want to leave their beautiful babies.  This unit has been used by some members of our staff and therefore is close to many hearts in Glenlola.


Whole School Charities

Charlene's ProjectCharlene’s Project has been selected as a whole school charity to be supported annually.

This is a charity set up by Charlene Barr who had cystic fibrosis.   When she could no longer attend school she decided to put her time in to helping others in Uganda.  She started fundraising to build a school for children in Uganda who otherwise wouldn’t have an education, in the first five months she raised over £70,000.

Unfortunately she died in 2010 but left behind wonderful legacy, ‘Hidden Treasures’ School is still running today.  As the charity grows, a well has been planted for the entire village to get clean water from.

The money you give provides teachers in the school and gives children an opportunity to be educated.


mencapEvery year through our school house system, we have a weekly penny collection. Each year these pennies contribute to the work of Segal House Nursery. This nursery is essential to improve the life chances of children with a learning disability helping to purchase toys and specialist equipment. Segal House Nursery is a unique environment where young children with a learning disability and their parents can get specialist help and support. They ensure children can learn and play in a therapeutic environment, to help develop skills and achieve goals that would be unattainable without specialist expertise and support.


Operation Christmas ChildOperation Christmas Child – Shoe Box Appeal 

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project.  This project involves the pupils buying gifts for children less fortunate than themselves and placing them in a shoe-box.  The shoe-boxes are then shipped to various countries and bring huge smiles to many children’s faces on Christmas Day.

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