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Friends of Air Balloon (F.A.B.) is a Registered Charity (no. 1163663) made up of parents; carers and staff volunteers who organise fundraising events for the school. The aim is to be able to provide some of the nice ‘extras’ that the school is unable to finance from the main budget and to enhance the educational experiences of the pupils at Air Balloon Hill Primary School.
Every year, we make a financial contribution of £90 per class towards the cost of an educational trip (£2,430 in total for the 27 classes); we buy Christmas Presents and Easter Eggs for all of the children in the school; we buy the Year 6 Leaver’s autograph books as well as making a large contribution towards the cost of the end of Year 6 trip.
Last year we also paid for:
The more money we can raise from events, the more we can give to school to enhance the experiences of the children.
To find out more about F.A.B. and what we do, why not read out latest Newsletter.
During the year, we organise lots of fun fundraising events and activities including the discos in the autumn and spring, Christmas and Summer School Fayres; Bingo Nights; Quiz Nights; Ladies Nights; Cake Sales; shopping events for Mother’s Day and gifts for Father’s Day as well as Christmas Card Sales. All of our fundraising events, whether big or small are really important to our ability to provide for the children at Air Balloon.
In April 2015 we joined PTA UK (http://www.pta.org.uk/) which is a charity supporting Parent Teacher Associations across the UK. They provide us with advice, support and resources to help us maximise our fundraising.
Who are the F.A.B. members and Charity Trustees?
Chair: Sally King (Charity Trustee)
Secretary: Emma Dodd (Charity Trustee)
Treasurer: Jim Gettrup (Charity Trustee)
Committee Members: Claire Collyer; Debbie Foster; Emma Gwynne; Gemma Rich; Isabel Bull; Jo Drummond; Katie Sullivan; Keela Southard; Lindsay Kelly-Otieno; Louise Hennys; Louise James; Lucy Nash; Nic Humphreys; Nicola McDonald; Paula Farmer; Rachel Jones; Rachel Simpson; Sam Stewart; Sereena Knapp; Shirley Van der Vlugt; Simone Seymour; Sue Jones; Suzanne Johnson; Tracy Baggott
We aim to meet at least once a term (usually on Thursday evenings) to discuss fundraising projects and plans for future events as well as discussing what the money we raise should be spent on.
We also hold regular coffee mornings on the Friday mornings when anyone is welcome to come along to find out more about FAB and how they can help as well as sharing fundraising ideas and finding out about future events and plans.
How to get in touch:
You can email F.A.B. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Facebook page – search Friends of Air Balloon on Facebook and you should find us.
Speak to Sally in the school office or call 0117 903 0077
We have lots of exciting ideas but can always use some more, so why not come along to our next meeting and find out how you can get more involved. We need you…to be F.A.B.!
Other Christmas reminders....
Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper to school on Thursday 14th December for Christmas Lunch Day. Please note that this is not a non-uniform day - children will be expected to wear the rest of the school uniform.
We still have some spaces left for Stories Around the Christmas Tree on 11th December - Please sign up at the school office