London’s child poverty charity The Childhood Trust is calling for charities supporting disadvantaged children in London to register now for their annual Summer Give match funding event.
Last year the Summer Give raised over £540,000 for the 25 local charities that participated, an average of £21,600 each. Over 4600 disadvantaged London children benefitted from support and 78% of participating charities reported that they could not have run Summer programmes without funding from the campaign.
This year’s Summer Give will take place from 15th to 19th May 2017 via the online match giving platform The Big Give. Donations to participating charities on theBigGive.org.uk will be doubled whilst match funds last.
The Summer Give raises money for charities that provide activities and services during the summer holidays for children affected by or at risk of poverty. Matched funds for the event are provided by The Childhood Trust and from the charity pledge funders. Using these funds, participating charities offer the opportunity for donations to be doubled during the week long campaign. 95% of charities attracted new donors through the Big Give’s most recent match funding campaign.
Laurence Guinness, CEO of The Childhood Trust commented: “Too many children in London are facing a bleak summer holiday this year. Youth Services budgets across all London Boroughs have been slashed by a third since 2011, knife crime is at a four year high and 500,000 children are struggling for food during the long school summer holidays. This is why we are appealing for as many charities as possible to apply to us for funds now so that this year’s Summer Give campaign can help support even more children.”
Since 2013 The Childhood Trust has raised over £6.1 million using matched funding. Over 150 projects focused on alleviating the impact of childhood poverty have been supported.
Charities can register now at: https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/match-funding/the-summer-give/
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