The second Summer Give campaign took place on the theBigGive.org.uk from 16th-18th May and raised an incredible £541,420 for the 25 charities that participated.
The focus of the Summer Give campaign, a partnership between the Big Give and The Childhood Trust, was to raise money for charities which work with the capitals most disadvantaged children over the school holidays, when vital safety nets such as free school meals and after school clubs disappear. The organisations involved were all carefully selected by the The Childhood Trust for the strength of the programmes they provide for London’s most vulnerable children over the school holidays.
Over £300,000 was raised in the first 30 minutes of the campaign and 16 out of 25 charities hit or exceeded their funding target. Online donations were matched by a mix of funding from The Childhood Trust and pledges from the charities own major donors.
Lisa Gagliani MBE, Chief Executive of The Childhood Trust said: “Once again, our campaign to raise awareness and funds to support summer holiday care and provision has been a great success. The capitol is not a great place to be for six weeks in the school holidays, if your family is living on less than £16,000 a year; there’s barely enough to live on during term time let alone the school holidays when the opportunities for free school meals and a place to meet friends, is not there. We know there is a great need for clubs run by charities such as these, to provide care, food and some enrichment activities such as sport, arts, adventure or even windows into the world of work. On behalf of the anticipated 5,000 children who will be able to attend a SummerGive funded project this July/August, we’d like to say ‘Thank You’.”