Charities We Support

At Amherst we have a proud tradition of supporting a range of local and international charities.  Below is some information about just a few that we’ve supported recently.

British Heart supporters

Every year as a school we raise money for the British Heart Foundation by doing a sponsored swim.  Every member of the school is encouraged to take part and swim as far as they can.

Amherst have supported The British Heart Foundation for 30 years and within this time we have raised over £147,000!

It is an opportunity for every child to swim in our school pool. They can swim anything from 1 width to 50 lengths.

Mr and Mrs Church from The British Heart Foundation have been supporters of Amherst School for over 25 years and come every year with their team of helpers to help count lengths while the children swim.

Find out more on our video page, click here.


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In Year 4 the children support the Senahasa trust.  This small charity is determined to make a real difference at community level in Sri Lanka. Although only registered as a UK Charity in 2005, they have been carrying out charitable projects in Sri Lanka for over 10 years. Following the Tsunami on 26 December 2004, their work in Sri Lanka has been stepped up significantly.  The children in Year 4 decided to support this charity as part of a Geography topic. After visits from the charity we wanted to raise enough to support funding for a food programme providing school meals.  Our fundraising ideas even included the sale of stick insects babies!  The money we have raised so far has paid for over 1,900 school meals.


Seeds for Africa helps African families and communities by the provision of seeds, agricultural equipment and relevant technical advice, giving individuals and communities a future, not just a temporary answer.  As a school we chose this charity to support during the Autumn term as part of our Harvest celebrations.  We wanted to support this charity in their projects creating Breakfast clubs & Food gardens.


Demelza is a children’s hospice supporting families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex.


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Hospice in the Weald is the leading specialist palliative care provider for the communities of West Kent and northern East Sussex. We are not part of the NHS but are a local charity rooted in the community we serve and offer varied but integrated services for people with progressive life limiting illnesses, their carers and families.  We supported this charity at Christmas time.  As a school we put on a Nativity production and asked the audience coming along to one of the performances to make a donation to this charity.


During February children at Amherst having been taking part in the NSPCC’s Fundraising Challenge ‘The Big Bounce’.  We had a visit from Buddy & Maxine Peel-Yates during an assembly who talked to use about the work the NSPCC do.  The children were challenged to speed bouncing for 30 seconds to see how many they can manage.  Competitions started within class and even within Year groups to see who could do the most.  Check back soon to see how much we managed to raise!