Supporting local and International charities is an important part of the outreach work at Whitgift. It helps to raise awareness amongst both students and staff, and funds raised assist some of the most vunerable people in society. Nearly £7,000 was raised in 2019 for the School's three chosen charities; Bees for Development, ShelterBox and a local charity called Canine Partners.
The work at Whitgift is co-ordinated by the Charities Committee, chaired by Zain Peerbhoy. Raising funds involves students running events, liaising with and promoting charities. Last year, several successful events were accomplished in partnership with members of the Parents' Association.
All the charities supported by the School are chosen by the Charities Committee and are based on recommendations received from pupils and staff.
Bees for Development was the first organisation to articulate why beekeeping is such a useful tool for alleviating poverty while helping to retain biodiversity. The charity has now worked in more than fifty countries world-wide.
Canine Partners partners specifically trained dogs with people who have physical disabilities, providing greater independence by offering security, companionship and practical help with everyday household tasks.