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There are ways you can support Chesham Grammar School the whole year round just by doing your regular shopping and at no cost to you! Do read on …
ShopSmart is a wonderful initiative and is one of our simplest fundraisers and we’d love all parents, teachers, grandparents and CGS friends to consider joining the scheme!
It doesn’t have any downsides for those using it and it brings in around £12,000 a year! There have been a few changes recently and if you haven’t joined before, please do reconsider particularly as you can now use the gift cards to buy online from John Lewis, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.
You commit to a monthly standing order amount of your choice (typically £50, £100, £200) and the Friends will provide you with a renewable store gift card of equal value to spend in your chosen supermarket or online - Sainsburys, Waitrose & John Lewis or Tesco (currently store only). In return the school receives a bulk buy discount.
So, if you decided you wanted to spend £100 in Sainsbury’s every month, you’d receive this amount on your gift card. It will automatically top up around the middle of the month.
It is flexible so, if you try it for a month and don’t like it, you can easily cancel your standing order – or if you try it and like it, equally you could increase the amount you commit to, or indeed change your supermarket of choice! You will also continue to receive your usual loyalty points when shopping.
As an example, a parent signing up in Year 7 giving a monthly donation of £200, would net £672 for the school over a typical pupil’s seven-year journey. The more parents, carers, friends and grandparents who sign up, the more money we can raise for the school so do spread the word!
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If you shop over the internet you can also earn money for the school – at no extra cost to you by using Amazon Smile, Easy Fundraising or The Giving Machine. The Giving Machine enables you to make free cash donations every time you shop online. Simply log onto The Giving Machine website where there are 777 participating retailers so there’s bound to be your favourite in there.
With all these, all you need to do is just log on to these websites and selected Chesham Grammar School as your charitable beneficiary. Our Friends charity number is: 295740.
If you are active on ebay and sell items you can donate a percentage to the FOCGS! When you list an item for sale in eBay the last option before confirming your listing is ‘Donate a portion to charity?’. Search for Chesham Grammar School and you will be able to choose what % you donate to the school.
Corporate Match Funding
If you work for a company that has match funding you could utilise this benefit to help our fundraising. We will help you complete the paperwork and most large corporations now encourage their staff to get involved.