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Champions for Children 2024 breaks records!

700,000 (33%) of children in London live in poverty, and our latest research highlights the devastating impact on their education. Pupil Premium students face exclusion rates three times higher than their peers and report lower mental health scores. By Year 11, their attendance drops to 89%, compared to 94% for non-Pupil Premium students.

These educational barriers, enforce the circle of poverty. But thanks to the generosity of our supporters, and the hard work of our charity partners, together we’ve raised £5,006,400 in this year’s Champions for Children matched-funding campaign - a 40% increase from last year! Over the next 12 months, these funds will support 84 charity partners across all 32 London boroughs, impacting the lives of 185,000 children living in poverty.

Young filmmakers highlight food poverty and London's housing crisis

As part of our mission to promote the voices of children and young people, we worked in partnership with the Octavia Foundation and a group of young people to produce two films. These films highlight some of the many challenges facing children and young people in London such as inadequate housing and food insecurity. The young people wrote, produced, shot, and edited these films with no prior experience. Both films were premiered at our London Child Poverty Summit.

Can't Let Them In

18-year-old Ahmed lives with his parents and younger sister in a cramped one-bedroom flat. When an escalating leak seeps into the lower floor, it draws the attention of their furious neighbours as well as the imposing council. Riddled with shame in his circumstance, Ahmed refuses to answer or let them in... But with his innocent and curious sister in the flat with him, the knocking at the door becomes harder to ignore.

In The Music

14-year-old Desha is a timid young girl, obsessed with escaping reality in the world of her mixtapes - and it is with the help of her mixtapes that after getting herself in detention, she puts into action her plan to dress in a convert disguise and steal a keyboard from her school... But why is this shy young girl having to steal a keyboard?

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  • 267815
    Disadvantaged children engaged
  • £ 8.88 M
    Raised to fund projects
  • 188
    Projects delivered
Data from July 2022 to June 2023

Every child should have a healthy, happy and safe childhood so that all children are well prepared for life, breaking the cycle of poverty.