Who are Friends of Fairway – what is F.O.F all about?
Friends of Fairway (F.O.F) is a registered charity run by a collection of Fairway parents who aim to raise funds for Fairway Primary Academy which will directly benefit all its pupils. With government funding at a record low, we know all schools are feeling the pinch. Through our fundraising events such as Quiz Nights, School Disco’s, Seasonal Fairs and Fun Days – we help provide the school with the means to purchase new equipment, resources and anything else it needs to give all of Fairway’s children the best learning experiences possible.
We meet half-termly as a core group of around 12 members to discuss recent events, and to plan for forthcoming events. Even though we have a core group, all parents, grandparents and carers are welcome to help with and support us with events and any ideas and suggestions they may have.
Chairperson – Jemma Pretty-Brayne, Vice Chair – Laura Evans Secretary – Helen Earp, Vice Secretary – Michaela Burgess Treasurer – Suzanne Smith, Vice Treasurer – Nadean Kehoe
With the global Coronavirus pandemic – we have had to get creative with the ways in which we raise funds for our school. Since we cannot currently hold face-to-face or group events, we have not been able fundraise anywhere near our normal amount and have hugely missed our famous Summer and Christmas Fairs. Although we would love to hold a big fundraiser – restrictions must be followed to keep everyone safe. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page as some of our events will be ‘virtual’ versions for the meantime.
Benefits this Academic year so far…
This academic year so far, Friends of Fairway:
- held a fabulously spooky Halloween Trail – raising £230
- held a festive Christmas Accessory Day – raising £130
- spread the love with a Valentines Afternoon Tea Raffle – raising over £150
- applied for and received funding from the Co-op Community Partnership Fund – raising over £1100
How can you help us?
You probably already do! Without the support of parents – buying disco tickets, taking part in our competitions and events - we wouldn’t be able to raise these funds, so thank you to each and every one of you for your support so far.
There are a number of ways you can help Friends of Fairway and the school. While it can sometimes seem that school is asking for money every other week – rest assured every penny we make goes directly back into Fairway. Getting on board with our fundraising ideas and events makes the world of difference. If you are short on cash but have some spare time, we always welcome volunteers. Many hands make light works as the saying goes! If you would like to volunteer to help out at any of our events, please get in touch.
If any parents know of, or work for, a company that does match funding or grants specifically to spend on technology please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org as we are always looking for ways to enhance the equipment our Fairway students get to use and experience.
Another easy way to help support Friends of Fairway and the school is by using Amazon Smile or Easyfundraising when shopping online. These companies will donate cashback to us for each purchase made through our link. See details further down.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Fairway Fairy /Elf Trail – purchase a wooden Fairy/Elf door – take it home and decorate it before returning to our collection point, where F.O.F will then set out the doors on a trail in the local area. A perfect excuse to get out for a walk.
Eyes Down Look In – we are hopefully looking to hold a Virtual Family Bingo Night – follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with news on this.
Spring Easter Trail – after the success of our Halloween Trail, we are putting plans together to organise another socially-distanced trail with a Spring and Easter theme – look out for bunnies!
Email – email@example.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/friendsoffairway/
Thank you from us all for your ongoing support. Here is to a better 2021!