Friends of Dovedale

Friends of Dovedale is our school's PTA and a registered charity, no. 516176

We’re a volunteer group of family members, carers & people with an interest in Dovedale Primary School (including those whose children used to go to Dovedale, or who used to go to Dovedale themselves).  We work with staff to organise fun events for our children and families to enjoy, whilst at the same time raising much-needed funds for our school.

Every penny we raise goes to our school!

We’re a big school, and very lucky that our families are hugely generous in terms of their donations to, and attendance at, the events that we run.  Partly because we are such a big school, however, our small school PTA doesn’t know everyone and so we can’t make personal asks.  If you could possibly help out in any way – any way at all – please do contact us.

Not everyone wants – or has the time - to join the PTA, but there are lots of ways that you can help us to do the best for our children, and many of them are totally FREE! 

  • Do you shop on-line?  If you do, please click here to register with Give as You Live and help to raise money for our school as you shop – at no cost to you! 

Thousands of leading online retailers are listed on Give as you Live, including supermarkets, ebay and Amazon. Each of these retailers pays a commission every time a sale is generated through the Give as you Live site, and at least 50% of this commission comes to Friends of Dovedale.

  • If you’re happy to help out as & when you can, please join our Bank of Helpers by emailing us at   We can then contact you as & when we’re running an event, and – if you’re free – you can let us know!
  • We’re always looking for games and/or raffle prizes.  Are you – or anyone you know – able to help us with this?  If so, please email us at
  • Does your employer offer any support to local charities, such as:
    • Discounts on items purchased;
    • Matching any funds raised (this can make a HUGE difference – for example, recent support from Barclays DOUBLED the money raised from our school discos);
    • Donating items in support of events – and we mean almost any items!  Obviously things we can use as games or raffle prizes are fantastic, but loads of other stuff is equally valuable & very gratefully received – e.g. bags/boxes for cake sales/storage; stationary items;
    • Offering opportunities for our pupils to fundraise themselves – e.g. by supermarket bag-packing?

If so, please email us at

  • Are you – or is anyone you know - a handy Andy or Andrea?  Our games offer at recent Fayres has been greatly enhanced by the carpentry and artistic skills of family members, but we’re always looking for new ideas.  If you could help with this, please email us at
  • Do you have any great fundraising ideas yourself?  If so, please email us at


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