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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.

Get-Well Gamers is a registered Scottish charity operating around the UK, dedicated to bringing electronic entertainment to children’s hospitals, hospices and other facilities for the benefit of entertainment and pain relief.

We admire the fantastic work that play specialists and play services do in helping children stay positive through their treatment and recovery. We want to support them by bringing them video games, consoles and accessories.

Almost twenty years ago, we set up the Community Chest to give a helping hand to local people in supporting and strengthening their community. Through our Community Chest, charity and community interest companies can apply for a grant to go towards improving their local area— to help the youth, elderly, disabled, arts, environment and more.

We believe in working together to improve both the facilities and the lives of residents in our communities. We seek to promote, encourage and support community involvement by offering funds to local voluntary groups with clearly identified needs.

As part of our Giving Back campaign, we donate 25p from each product sold to local community initiatives and causes further afield. 50% of our Giving Back campaign proceeds are used to support local charities and the community. 50% of our Giving Back campaign proceeds are donated to the Kondanani Children’s Village in Malawi.

The Hedley Foundation provides grants to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need.  Last year we supported hundreds of small charities, improving lives and lifting people’s aspirations. They provide youth support, Raising the aspirations of disadvantaged young people and supporting youth projects through education, the arts, sport and adventurous activities.

The Trustees seek to help and improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is achieved by making grants, within budget, to registered charities for the benefit of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers.

We create essential products for the classroom to improve the lives of children worldwide. We focus on the aspects of a child’s journey that really matter; Care, Development and Growth.

In the Education sector, development of the child’s mind in its early years is vital, and Kit for Kids leads the way with our range of learning and play products. At Kit for Kids it’s not what we do, but why we do it that counts. We believe we have a part to play in the betterment of children’s lives worldwide. Our vision is to create a world in which every child has the best in its care, development and growth.


Assistance is given to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K.

Charities assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people may apply for grants towards furnishings and equipment (excluding office items), building or refurbishment projects.

Stationery Superstore is owned and operated by Office Store Ltd.

We provide a range of over 5000 products for office, home, school and college delivered direct to your home.

Our products are selected to provide quality and value across our entire range.

We are a family owned business and our values of integrity and high service levels are at the core of our operation.

Tubbs Computer Supplies has been providing Refurbished Computers to local Sussex Residents since 2013.

We are working with local individuals as well as Businesses, Charities and Government Agencies.

We are always looking for Donations of Old or Unused Computer Equipment so we can carry on ensuring that those who need them the most, have access to them.

Usborne is one of the world’s leading independent book publishers. We are proud to be a family business that aims to create brilliant books for children of all ages.
Vision Linens have very kindly donated a number of bed sets to support the school.

Every three months online, we donate a share of £25,000 between three national charities – and our customers can vote for who gets what every time they shop online.

Take a look at the results of our previous donations to worthwhile health and wellbeing charities like Hospice UK, Young Minds and The Salvation Army. 

To take a more active role in the community, Wellesley Wealth Advisory set up the Wellesley Charitable Foundation in September 2012. The principal aim of the Foundation is to raise money for local organisations in Sussex and the surrounding counties that help ill or disadvantaged children.

The Foundation acts as a resource for young people living in Sussex and the surrounding area, with £102,769 raised for over 30 organisations so far.

At Wellesley headquarters we take part in annual fundraising challenges to raise money for the Foundation, including golf days, cycling challenges, ‘The Great Wellesley Bake Off’ and, in 2019, we completed the National Three Peaks Challenge.
Wicked Uncle, a children’s gift website has kindly donated a selection of games and a drum machine to the school for pupils to use.
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