When Suzi Russell and her daughter Primrose grew a huge ‘Cinderella’ pumpkin on their farm near Lowestoft, they thought it would be a fantastic way to raise money and support Children on the Edge, they certainly didn’t expect that the pumpkin would become a local talking point and feature in the news.
Suzi, who is a Body Shop at Home Consultant, together with 5-year-old Primrose, grew the enormous pumpkin and auctioned it off to the highest bidder to raise funds to support Children on the Edge.
This could have been the end of a lovely story but this pumpkin tale doesn’t end here…
Child participation is something we strive for in all our programmes and is one of our core values. Read about how Child Councils in Bangladesh have been campaigning for the changes they want to see at school.
As we approach what would have been the late Dame Anita Roddick's 80th birthday, we take a look back at our history and what sparked Anita and her company, The Body Shop to co-found Children on the Edge in 1990. Rachel Bentley, our CEO talks about Anita in those early days, describing how The Body Shop and Children on the Edge are still working to create brighter futures for children around the world to this day.
In Bangladesh, the Rohingya refugee children we support in Kutupalong refugee camp and children living in the slums and enclaves of Cox’s Bazar work together to create their own fun-packed videos using our digital platform - Moja Kids. Read about how this simple technology is increasing confidence amongst the children and making lessons exciting.
Children on the Edge are delighted to give a little wonder with The Body Shop this festive season, funding over 195,000 days of education for refugee children.
Children on the Edge is delighted to be partnering with The Body Shop this festive season. Every time you buy a gift from The Body Shop, (in-store, online or from your local Body Shop at Home consultants) you’ll be creating brighter futures for refugee children around the globe. This Christmas The Body Shop will be donating to Children on the Edge from the sale of every pre-filled gift, hoping to raise up to £100,000. This support will help to fund over 195,000 days of education for refugee children across Uganda, Bangladesh and Lebanon.
Children on the Edge works hand-in-hand with local communities around the world to create safe spaces, where children are able to realise their rights. We rely entirely on donations from our amazing community of supporters, who currently fund vital work for over 20,000 marginalised children, and we couldn’t do it without them!
We are so grateful to receive one-off donations from individuals, from fundraising activities and events, as well as fantastic contributions from trusts, foundations and corporate partners. In addition... an excellent way that you can support us, that really does pack a punch, is a regular, monthly donation.
On Wednesday 28th September, we were invited to a slightly different kind of event - the big reopening of The Body Shop Westfield’s Stratford City store. Fundraising Officer Charlotte Callin was one of the first people to see the newly revamped store in the shopping centre and was to have a sneak peak of all of the new areas including the fantastic refill stations and the pamper area, where customers are able to chat to staff and sample some of the brilliant products. She was especially impressed when the staff told her that all of the new fixtures and fittings in the store are made from upcycled, recycled and sustainable materials.
Fishbourne Primary School’s philosophy is “There is only one you in this great big world … make it a better place”, and students from the school have certainly been doing just that, raising over £1,250 for Children on the Edge and Sanctuary in Chichester. Their amazing fundraising will help refugee children both overseas and locally in the Chichester area.
Eight-year-old Edie Faulker from Angmering was inspired to support Children on the Edge after hearing about children being forced to leave their homes in Ukraine after the Russian invasion. Edie wanted to raise money to help because she “wants all children to be safe and happy”. Not only did Edie raise an incredible amount of money to support Children on the Edge, she also helped to spread the word about the work of the charity amongst her friends and family.
Autumn may be here, but the change of seasons hasn’t deterred our fantastic supporters, who have continued to hold some amazing fundraising events. Here’s our September round up!