For the first time since 2019, staff, pupils and care home resident gathered together to take part in the John Whitgift Foundation’s annual Founder’s Day Service held at Croydon Minster on Tuesday 22 March.

Commencing with a drum roll by Whitgift School’s Corp of Drums outside the Minster, the Service is a unique and momentous occasion where young and old gather together to give thanks to our Founder, Archbishop John Whitgift.

Whitgift started building his Hospital of the Holy Trinity (now known as the Whitgift Almshouses), North End, in 1596 and he laid the first two Foundation Stones on 22nd March.

His original vision to build a Hospital and support the more vulnerable sections of society continues today through the charitable work of the John Whitgift Foundation in education, care and support for Croydon’s carers.

The charity now transforms the lives of thousands of children and young people through educational excellence; provides invaluable support to carers across the borough and enables older people to benefit from inclusive and caring communities.

The Founder’s Day Service is attended by representatives from the Foundation’s schools, comprising Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace; care homes known as Whitgift Care and the Carers’ Information Service which runs the Carers Support Centre.