Today, the GDST is launching the inaugural edition of GDST Giving, a new publication celebrating philanthropic activity across GDST schools in the 2019/20 academic year.
It focuses on the impact of philanthropic giving by the GDST community, both in terms of financial contributions and those who give their time or expertise for the benefit of GDST students and alumnae.
The appeals featured include:
- The Help Girls Learn Without Limits campaign, which launched in February this year, to increase bursary provision across the Trust, so that more bright and ambitious girls without the financial means can access a GDST education
- The Hardship Fund, to support students and families whose economic circumstances were severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
- The Academies Fund, which provided much-needed laptops and equipment to students at our Academies, breaching the digital divide so pupils could take part in Guided Home Learning during lockdown.
- Capital projects which are funding pioneering educational facilities at schools such as South Hampstead High School’s Waterlow Hall, and Project Ex-Humilibus at Wimbledon High School.
By using the QR codes within the publication, readers can visit our website and listen to recordings of donors (such as Portsmouth High School alumna Aimee Walton) and organisations (such as John Lyon’s Charity) talking about why they choose to give.
Importantly, it also includes stories about those who have given their time, expertise and energy for the benefit of girls’ education through mentoring or providing opportunities for students and alumnae, such as Streatham & Clapham High School alumna, Margaret Casely-Hayford.
Prizes and scholarships funded by generous donors, and outreach projects funded by organisations such as HSBC are also featured.
At this unprecedented time, the support of the GDST community, in particular, has been integral, and the GDST is so grateful to every individual who chooses to support the future of girls’ education.