September Saturday

29 October 2012

On 22 September, Westminster School held its annual charity event, September Saturday. The charities selected for 2012 were Westminster PHAB and i-India. This year Westminster School raised £20, 503.35

Westminster PHAB.

This is a week-long residential course with the aim of providing an opportunity for people with and without physical and mental disabilities to live, work and play together. The Westminster course was started in 1977 by the then School Chaplain, Willie Booth, and has run annually ever since.

About 30 adults with disabilities come to live in Westminster School, rooming with Upper School pupils who act as surrogate carers for the week. Together they take part in creative workshops and visit London attractions. In the evenings we have discos, karaoke, bands and a trip to a West End musical.

There is no charge to participants for this course, thanks to the generosity of many well-wishers and from fundraising through the activities of Westminster School, such as this September Saturday event.

i-India

This charity works in and around Jaipur to provide care and development for children living on the streets. The charity aims to create a comprehensive system of services to fulfil the long term needs for education and emotional support, as well as providing the essential health care, nutrition and shelter. They currently reach over 3000 children daily through street schools, residential homes and vocational centres, but want to maximise the impact of this system through integrating programs, monitoring and improving the quality of service, and seizing opportunities to expand.

Pupils and teachers on the recent Lower Shell expedition to India have spent time at one of i-India’s programs, the Jhag children’s village, consisting of a school for 200 and a shelter home for orphaned and homeless children.