Just before schools broke up for the summer holidays we had a flurry of amazing fundraising from students around the UK. Take a look to see some of the brilliant schools that have supported us in July …
81-year-old retired army Major Mick Stanley was so moved when he saw the crisis unfolding in Ukraine that he's decided to take to the water in his boat; 'The Tintanic', and raise money to support Ukrainian refugees. The one-man rowing boat is completely homemade, constructed from sheets of corrugated iron and decorated with flags and bunting.
There was an abundance of fantastic fundraising in June. We held a special event for World Refugee Day with our friends Sanctuary in Chichester, and the wonderful team at Tuppenny Barn held a brilliant Gardeners Question Time evening, with a panel of experts including Arit Anderson from Gardeners World. An amazing team of families and friends wrapped up their May Miles challenge, Major Mick and the Tintanic had a royal Jubilee adventure and sisters Ayda and Alba conquered Pen-Y-Fan.
Take a look below to read all about the amazing achievements in June…
When our friends at Tuppenny Barn, in Emsworth, saw the crisis in Ukraine unfolding they knew they wanted to do something to help, so decided to hold two special events supporting Children on the Edge’s work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania.
Gardeners World Arit Anderson to visit Tuppenny Barn for special event in support of Ukrainian refugees
Tuppenny Barn in Southbourne is hosting a Gardeners Question Time Fundraising event on Sunday 12th June in aid of Children on the Edge to support our work with Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania, where we are providing accommodation, food and longer term psychosocial support for families and children without parental care.
In May, our fantastic fundraisers were out in force to help make a difference and support Children on the Edge. There were South Down treks, 5km runs, a marvellous musical performance and Charlotte from our fundraising team channelled her inner Paul Hollywood to judge a bake off competition.
Take a look at some of our favourite fundraisers this month…
In the kind of work we do - supporting children in the some of the toughest situations across the world - there are many benefits to being a small organisation. Here are five reasons why small is beautiful…
1. We can work under the radar
Being small has enabled us to access situations that larger organisations cannot, due to their size and the corresponding limitations and bureaucracy. For example, from 2011, for six years we were the only organisation providing education in safe spaces to Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar in the largest makeshift camp in Bangladesh. We attribute this in part, to our compact size. Since the influx of Rohingya refugees after attacks escalated in August 2017, a huge number of larger organisations arrived to contribute help, and we have replicated our community based education model to meet gaps in provision of education.
2. We’re agile
Our size enables us to have the flexibility to meet needs in a targeted way, as they arise, quickly and in a relational manner. If our partners are faced with a crisis, like dropping temperatures, fires within crowded camps, the explosion in Beirut, sudden floods, increased air raids or arrests, then we can respond immediately, garnering support or adapting the programme accordingly to continue to meet the needs of the children we work with.
3. We’re streamlined
We don’t rely on large and costly international staff offices in the countries we work in. Instead, we focus on building strong relationships with our local partners who have a thorough understanding of the situation on the ground and a depth of relationship with their communities.
4. We’re focused
Having a small number of projects means we can focus on delivering work of the highest quality. Larger organisations have a higher capacity, but deal very much in 'broad brush strokes', where as we have the ability to fine tune and ensure that each child is valued as an individual.
5. We keep you connected
Our small size means that our donors and supporters can have a greater connection and ownership with the work they are investing in. Your money doesn’t go into a huge machine, but to a small (but perfectly formed!) group of projects which you are updated on regularly, seeing tangibly and specifically the ongoing progress that you are making possible.
Read more about our work and how we help.
Inspirational nine year old Florence cycles 125 miles to Paris, raising £2,210 for two West Sussex based charities.
Over the Easter holidays, whilst many of us were enjoying the bank holiday sunshine; nine year old Florence Day, from Chichester was on the final push to the finish line of her epic 125 mile cycle ride to Paris.
Florence and her dad Chris kicked off their mammoth challenge from Dieppe on Monday 10th April, cycling 125 miles through the french countryside, reaching the Eiffel Tower on Friday 15th April.
April was a bumper month for fundraising, there were challenge events, concerts and lots of cake! Read on to find out all about the fantastic fundraising that took place last month …