The Childhood Trust extends its Summer Give programme to Elephant & Castle, and commits aid to help 600 of the most disadvantaged children living in the area

This summer close to 600 of the most disadvantaged children living in Elephant and Castle will be provided with much-needed support through the Childhood Trust’s ‘Summer Give’ programme. For many children living in the area, the summer can be a tough time of year as they are faced with multiple challenges which include missing out on the free school meals that they would usually receive during term time and their families struggling to fund activities or safe care provision, often leaving children unsupervised while parents work.

The programme is helping to support over 15,000 children throughout London to help children to return to school after the summer holidays feeling refreshed and ready to learn instead of malnourished and traumatised. Local developer Delancey has provided a £5000 grant to the Childhood Trust which is enabling The Childhood Trust to extend their summer programme to the Elephant & Castle area, to provide vital support for children who need it most by offering safety, fun activities, life changing experiences and nutritious meals.

The Childhood Trust’s recent research with 22 charities, supporting 12,337 children found that 73% of vulnerable and disadvantaged children in London would be at a high risk of sexual exploitation or violence during the summer holiday compared to term time and 90% of young people would not be able to leave London on a trip or holiday without charitable help. 65% reported being frightened of being attacked or exploited by gangs whilst on the streets. Last year their work with the National Union of Teachers revealed the following responses from London teachers asked about how holiday hunger affects their pupils when they return to school in September. A third of teachers reported children in their class returning to school after the holidays with signs of malnourishment.

Last year The Childhood Trust raised £778,681 before the school summer holidays by attracting matched funding for 36 summer projects. The organisation relies heavily on donations and grants from organisations such as Delancey to continue their vital work around London.

Laurence Guinness, Chief Executive of The Childhood Trust said:
“Many children are facing a summer holiday from hell this year. Violence, gangs and drugs are out of control in some areas and kids as young as 5 and 6 are left to wander the streets terrified, hungry and bored while their parents struggle to make a living. With reduced government funding it’s left up to charities to change this. Thanks to Delancey’s very generous support, our Summer Give campaign will provide a lifeline for London’s poorest kids living around Elephant and Castle, funding projects to help keep kids safe, well fed and engaged in fun activities throughout the holidays.”

Delancey’s Founder and CEO, Jamie Ritblat commented:
“On behalf of Delancey, we are delighted to partner with The Childhood Trust this summer to support the vital work they are doing to help disadvantaged children living in the area of Elephant and Castle. The difference that the Summer Give Programme makes to these young lives is invaluable and we have a large part to play in eradicating child poverty across London.”

Since 2013, the Childhood Trust has raised £8.3 million in match funding campaigns for over 150+ projects, alleviating the impact of childhood poverty. This year’s Summer Give will take place from 11th June to 15th June 2018 via the Big Give: and raise and expected £1m for 47 charities supporting disadvantaged children this summer. All donations will be doubled while match funds last.