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Christmas Challenge 2024 – Applications Open!

Applications for The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2024 are now open!

Click here to find out how to apply before the deadline on Friday 5th July, to be in with a chance of unlocking matched funding from The Childhood Trust this Christmas.

Champions for Children 2024

Our Champions for Children 2024  matched-funding campaign ran from Tuesday 4th June to Tuesday 18th June 2023, and it was another record-breaking campaign!

Thanks to our network’s generosity and support, and the hard work of our charity delivery partners, together we’ve raised £5,006,400 in this year’s Champions for Children Campaign. That’s more than a 40% increase from last year! Over the next 12 months, these funds will support a wide range of programmes through our 84 charity partners across all 32 London boroughs, impacting the lives of 185,000 children living in poverty.

Christmas Challenge 2023

Our Christmas Challenge 2023 matched-funding campaign ran from Tuesday 28th November to Tuesday 5th December 2023 and it has been our biggest campaign to date.  

Together, we raised a remarkable £4,744,965 – a huge 18% increase on last year’s Christmas Challenge!  These funds will support the delivery of 88 projects across London, ranging from projects that provide hot, nutritious meals to hungry children to projects that provide safe play spaces, improve resilience and build confidence, helping 200,000 children experiencing poverty this year. 

Champions for Children
Champions for Children 2023

Our Champions for Children 2023 matched-funding campaign took place on Tuesday 6th June until Tuesday 20th June 2023. We are proud to announce that as our first two week campaign, we raised an impressive £3,503,225, funding 83 projects over the next 12 months. 

These funds will be used to help over 68,000 children living in poverty in London – making it our biggest Champions for Children campaign to date!  

On The Breadline – Cost of Living Christmas Appeal

The On The Breadline Appeal in partnership with the London Evening Standard, the Independent and Comic Relief. The appeal launched on 22nd November 2022 and ran for 4 weeks, raising £4m in total for Comic Relief & The Childhood Trust.

The Childhood Trust was featured for 2 weeks during this period and a total £1.3m was donated to The Childhood Trust for the alleviation of poverty for children in London.

Christmas Challenge 2022

Our Christmas Challenge 2022 matched-funding campaign took place from Tuesday 29th November, to Tuesday 6th December 2022 and together we raised an amazing £4,034,391!   

Supporting 84 charities throughout 2022, these funds were used to facilitate projects that touched the lives of 130,000 young children living in poverty in London, providing vital emotional and practical support for children affected by the cost of living crisis.  

Champions for Children 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Childhood Trust launched the first Champions for Children matched-funding campaign in 2020 to support vulnerable children and young people living in poverty across London who were devastated by the lockdown measures.

The campaign raised £3.6m to fund the delivery of desperately needed practical and emotional support for over 150,000 children. This year, our Champions for Children 2022 matched-funding campaign raised £3,084,282 funding 81 projects providing vital practical and emotional support for children affected by the cost of living crisis.

Christmas Challenge 2021

The Christmas Challenge 2021 took place from the 30th of November until the 7th of December and this year we raised a mighty £3,060,469!  Supporting 85 charities in 2021, these funds touched the lives of 144,000 young children living in poverty in London, providing vital emotional and practical support they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to access.   

Big Dinner 2019

In 2019, The Childhood Trust’s Big Dinner campaign raised £256,034 for nine charities providing hot, nutritious meals and snacks for 3,446 disadvantaged children in London.