Christ’s Hospital School, near Horsham, has been chosen as Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year at the Billingshurst branch.
The Local Charity of the Year scheme is run every year by Sainsbury’s, and involves customers and colleagues working together to support a local cause at the heart of the local community.
Each store draws up a shortlist of three local charities, which can be supported all year round, not just with fundraising, but also with awareness raising and volunteering. Customers then vote on which of the three charities to back – either in store or at the Local Charity of the Year site.
Gareth Stevens, Customer Trading Manager of Sainsbury’s in Billingshurst, said: “Making a positive difference to our local community is at the heart of what we do at Sainsbury’s Billingshurst.
“We are proud of the hard work that local charity support workers, colleagues, and our customers do to support fantastic local causes like Christ’s Hospital School, who seek and distribute vital funding and support for children to attend the school and who otherwise would not be able to.”
Established in 1552 by King Edward VI to care for poor and homeless children of the City of London, Christ’s Hospital has been pioneering social mobility and challenging social inequality ever since. In fact, Christ’s Hospital provides more bursaries than any other school in the independent boarding sector, and has done for over 460 years.
By providing first class, free or supported education to talented young people from disadvantaged and modest backgrounds, Christ’s Hospital helps them to reach their full potential and transforms lives in a way that no other educational establishment in the UK can match. 13% of Christ’s Hospital pupils pay no fees at all, 36% pay 10% or less, while 75% receive some sort of financial support.