Fundraising plays a vital role in helping us provide essential equipment for education and social care.

Over the years, we have formed many valuable partnerships with companies and grant foundations, who have donated monies or equipment to our school. Their funding has gone towards all kinds of exciting initiatives such as the Vocational Skills Centre, a variety of activities, books for our school library and equipment for the Hush (our sensory room). Each time a project is completed, we invite the company or funding body to see what they’ve helped us achieve.

Harlequins star James Chisholm visited us on 10th October 19 to mark another generous donation from Fairfax ‘Building Young Futures’.

Farney Close School was delighted to benefit from new machinery, including a new garage scissor lift for the car maintenance workshop whilst the Food Technology department were thrilled to have all their ingredient costs met for the second academic year in succession.

J. Thompson (mechanics instructor), V. Owens (food technology teacher) and S. Deane (Chair) are pictured with James who captained Harlequins last season and is well on the way to completing 100 appearances for the club. As an ambassador, he was warmly welcomed to the school and enjoyed a cup of tea with some freshly cooked cake served by some of our young people.

Thank you to Fairfax, “Building Young Futures”, a framed copy of the picture can be found in the entrance of the Vocational Unit.

ACT provide grants to individuals and other UK registered charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of people in need and, particularly, those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or the elderly.ACT believe that people living with a physical and/or mental disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others. Our priority is to provide financial support that enables one or more of our 4 life “themes” to be met.

DM Thomas Foundation are dedicated to helping disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and children transform their lives. Under their ABLE banner, their priority is to make a difference through targeted grant support, helping local and regional community groups and charities across the UK and Europe to deliver projects which provide access to opportunities and improve well-being.

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities.

The Foundation supports charities in three main areas:
• Main Grants Scheme, supporting charities whose core work covers Arts and Learning
• The Foyle School Library Scheme
• Small Grants Scheme, supporting charities in all fields with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £62 million annually. The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference.

It was established in 1958 and in 2018 will donate its £1billionth, becoming one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK.

The Trust is an independent charity that has been in operation since 2002. It awards grants annually for deserving projects within the area of benefit which covers parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

They encourage and support schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.

The Big Lottery Fund funds projects and activities that make communities stronger and more vibrant, and that are led by the people who live in them.

They support charities, community groups, and people with great ideas – local or national, large or small. We also bring people and groups together: to share experiences, learn from each other and try new ways of working.

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts & humanities.

The Peter Harrison Foundation is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.

Staff and advisers raise money for good causes through The Openwork Foundation. In 2017 they raised £556,300 helping 10,133 disadvantaged children and young people.