To quote our Articles of Association, the Friends of Kirkham Grammar School are proud to assist ‘in the provision of facilities for the educational, scientific, cultural and recreational benefit of the pupils, not normally provided through official financial channels’. Although written many years’ ago, our objective is still the same today, although with a modern twist. We are a committee made up of parents, staff members, and friends who enjoy working together for the benefit of KGS children.
Our Matisse inspired logo represents our ‘arm in arm’ position as a member of the school community. Whilst holding our traditions dear, for example, Christmas would not be Christmas without Santa stopping off to visit our Christmas fair, we are trying to raise money in ways that are appealing to our families of today. Recently we have spent an evening at a local gin distillery, where we enjoyed delicious food and live music as well as many gins, and our gentlemen undertook a canal cruise. A KGJS disco is held in February; pre-loved uniform sale in March; Bags2school collections twice a year; a family event in the spring; termly Friends’ lunches and our wonderful Summer Ball in June which is the highlight of our year. In addition, this year the Friends are organising a Sports Evening at a local rugby club in the Autumn term.
We have registered with Easy Fundraising through which retailers can donate a percentage of sales to ourselves when you shop online, at no cost to you. Click here to register and then whenever you shop online at a participating retailer, they will make a donation back to us.
I would also ask you to please visit and ‘like’ our Friends of Kirkham Grammar School Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter @friendsofkgs
Recent donations to school have included: £30,000 towards the refurbishment of the Summerlee Hall, £4,000 hockey nets, £1,000 towards accelerated reader scheme and author visits, £774 technology department display cabinet, £360 floodlights and £300 KGS cookery school. Our current fundraising project is to purchase a new school mini-bus which will be used by all members of the school family aged 3 to 18.
We always need new fundraising ideas and welcome any new members and helpers, whether your commitment can be on a regular basis or occasionally at an event. Please contact me either via school Reception or directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be more than happy to discuss the work of the Friends with you and how you may be able to assist.
Overall, we hope that you feel able to support our many events. Every penny raised by you purchasing an event ticket, a raffle ticket, or donating chocolate, bottles or cakes, is spent on our children. Furthermore, we always have lots of fun in doing so!
I look forward to meeting you.
Michelle O’Neill Chair, FKGS
Joining Friends of Kirkham Grammar School 100 Club is an easy way to support our fundraising with the added bonus of cash prizes. An annual membership of £25 will secure your number for entry into the draw, although you can increase your chances by purchasing further numbers.
There are 11 draws from September to July with a First Prize of £250 and a Second Prize of £25 in both the December and July draws. The First and Second Prizes in the remaining months will be £50 and £25 respectively.