Conifers School in West Sussex has introduced a ‘pay it forward’ initiative to support local charities

Conifers School in West Sussex is championing three smaller charities that support mental and physical health as part of its ‘pay it forward’ initiative. The South Downs prep will run fundraising and awareness events with men’s suicide prevention charity James’ Place, assistance dog provider Canine Partners and The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, which assists local children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

These events form part of Conifer’s ‘Pay it Forward’, which has launched to encourage an on-going cycle of kindness. The initiative encourages staff and pupils to respond to acts of kindness by being kind to someone else in return, and sees pupils venturing into the community to do good deeds. Head Emma Fownes says: “At Conifers we feel strongly that it is of great benefit to our pupils to have made a contribution, at whatever level, to help improve the lives of others. We are very proud of the ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme, which not only supports others but also provides a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to connect with local communities and the environment.

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