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Our Vision

The Childhood Trust is London's child poverty charity, founded with a simple vision: to support vulnerable children living in poverty in London.

Our work is focused on helping children living in poverty to overcome the many disadvantages caused by poverty. London children are much more likely to live in poor households than children in the rest of England - 37% versus 26% and are less likely to be able to afford everyday items than those elsewhere in the country. 55% of poor children in London are materially deprived compared to 44% in the rest of England. 60% of London children in low income families do not have a week's holiday away from home (, 2017)  

Child poverty in London is about more than income, for many children poverty can mean uncertainty, stress, hunger, loneliness, boredom, poor health and a lack of opportunities. The most disadvantaged children fall at least two years behind their peers when they come to sit their GCSE's. 

We work across three thematic areas, meeting children's Practical, Emotional and Inspirational needs. Support from local grassroots organisations across these themes promotes well being and resilience, strengthening vulnerable children's capacity to learn. Education provides one of the strongest routes out of poverty and our support provides disadvantaged children with stability, companionship and trust, helping to raise aspirations, creating hope and narrowing the gap in educational attainment and life chances. 

Watch our short film that highlights the impact of our work;

Who we are


The Childhood Trust's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018 raised £1,919,674 for 75 brilliant projects working to support disadvantaged children in London.

Our annual matched fundraising campaign ran for 1 week and engaged over 1m Londoners. The campaign was backed by our research with 33 charities supporting 63,000 disadvantaged children and young people. The research documents disadvantaged children's experiences at Christmas. Resulting from these insights we produced a powerful film, donated by The Aesop Agency,  that tells the real story of Christmas for many children living in poverty in London.

The Christmas Challenge 2018 was covered in The Metro and The London Evening Standard (in print)

We warmly thank all those who donated so generously to help children and young people trapped in poverty.    



The projects we fund operate throughout London, helping to provide vital support to children living in poverty. In addition to practical and emotional support we also help to inspire children through participation in arts, extra-curricular education and sports activities. 

To learn more about child poverty in London please read, download and share our report here:

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£1,002,451 raised in our Summer Give
£1,002,451 raised in our Summer Give

Our Summer Give matched fundraising campaign has been our most successful ever. The £1m raised will fund 47 charities to...

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The Childhood Trust on CH4 News - Youth Centre Closure & Violent Crime - Linked?
The Childhood Trust on CH4 News - Youth Centre Closure & Violent Crime - Linked? Is closure of youth centres exposing young people to violent crime?

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£1,553,622 raised in The Big Give Christmas Challenge
£1,553,622 raised in The Big Give Christmas Challenge

This was the biggest and best year for The Childhood Trust's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017. 

Our campaign supported 58 charities...

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