Noah's Ark visit (pupils write-up)

Tuesday 14 March 2023

On the 1st of March, 6 pupils of Ark Pioneer’s 8 Winfrey form visited Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet.  These students went on the visit as part of their First Give social action.  First Give is an organisation that encourages young people to support charities.  We are competing with the other Yr 8 forms, and one form will win £1000 to donate to our charity.

We chose Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice because the thought of children our age and younger suffering was awful and the support the charity gives to children and families is comforting and inspiring.  It is also right in the heart of our local community serving children and families on our doorstep.

We visited all the amazing accessible facilities the hospice offers both the children and families such as the sensory, music and art rooms, and the hydrotherapy pool. Our tour was led by community link Laura Grundy who told us about the emotional and physical struggles the children and families experience and the support The Ark offers, from respite stays and therapy groups, to family days out and finally bereavement support.

The Ark estimates it will cost £5 million to run the charity over the year 2023-2024.  They receive over 90% of their funding from the general public. 

We are really hoping to be able to win them £1000 in the grand final of the First Give competition.

If you would like to see more of the incredible work Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice does, please visit

Andreea, Ejona, Innes, Kaiyla, Sumaya and Zia – 8 Winfrey