Hello! Happy New Year to you all. I just wanted to update you on how our fundraising is going so far and to let you know how the pre-school has benefitted from all your efforts this year.

Firstly thank you to all of our volunteers who have helped us to put on all the fundraising events– from bake sales, to Christmas cards, to
the Autumn Fair and the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Thank you also to everyone who attended and spent money at any of the above, and to all of you who continue to give the voluntary contribution alongside your fees.

Your donations are really important to the pre-school continuing to flourish and to invest in equipment that supports our children’s needs. This term your donations have enabled us to buy a new dolls house with furniture and family and a maths trolley for numeracy related activities.

Next Event: Race Night, Friday 22nd March 7.30pm Hemdean House School Hall – we hope you will join us for the annual St Andrew’s Race Night. I’m told this is a really fun night so please get the date in your diary and the organisers will be in touch soon with details on how to buy tickets and how to sponsor a race. Speak to Alex, Assel or Heather in the meantime.

Company fundraising: I would love to hear from anyone who works for a company which has a Match Funding Scheme (such as Vodafone, Thames Water or Microsoft), who would be willing to use this to boost funds raised at some of our events. Or, if you or your business is able to donate a raffle prize for one of the events, it would be appreciated!

Sponsorship: Support us through your own sponsored efforts such as half marathons, bike rides and obstacle races.

Shop and raise funds: A really easy and effective way to support us is by choosing to shop through easyfundraising.org.uk. It’s really simple, all you have to do is head to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk and sign up for free. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a
donation to our good cause for no extra cost whatsoever! Don’t forget to make use of the following schemes that provide us
with cash back too:

  • Microscooters: use code 116825 www.micro-scooters.co.uk
  • Stickins labels: code 35624 www.stickins.co.uk
  • Yellow moon craft supplies: code STA47919 www.yellowmoon.org.uk
  • Pop up play village: let them know you are a St Andrew’s parent if you attend an
    event or book a party with them. www.popupplayvillage.co.uk
  • Bridges Estate Agent (The Preschool Sponsor): mention us if you or a friend sells your house through them! This is a really important one for us.

Rachael Parker