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Help A London Child

Help A London Child. It is simple the best London specific charity and has for many years supported the lives of countless kids in the capital. We hope you agree and support this very worthwhile cause.

HALC provides financial support to grass-root projects working within London's less advantaged children and young people. They also raise money to provide new toys and food at Christmas time for those children and families in need, who have particularly difficult lives.
Last year HALC celebrated it's thirtieth birthday and over the last three decades over £18 million has been raised and 10,000 grants have been awarded to groups across the Capital. Capital Radio's Help a London Child offers grants of up to £3,000 for projects that give opportunities to deprived children and young people in London. The money is donated by the radio station's listeners, and voluntary and community groups need to apply at a specific time of the year to get a grant.
Further information can be found on their website in the
Help a London Child section.

In 2005, once again, your generosity meant that
Help a London Child was able to distribute grants to 435 organisations and groups working with disadvantaged children in and around London.

A huge variety of projects and children will benefit from the
Help a London Child fund. This is a annual event to raise money for hundreds and thousands of young Londoners, that for whatever reason need it. This includes terminally ill kids, kids who just lost there parents, Disabled kids and Child carers... any child in london that needs help is covered by this cause.
The money raised is used to give grants to nearly 500 charities to provide support and care to the little people and their families. from refuge, somewhere safe to play, to a funny clown doctor to raise a smile at a real bad time.
Help a London Child launched its large grants programme in March. As a result of raising even more money last year they have been able to give £50,000 each to four charities in the Capital. This is in addition to their small grants programme which most recently gave out £270,000 to over 140 organisations.
Groundwork Happening Horticulture
HALC has gone green and funded gardening projects in north London. This is a triple whammy project of getting kids outdoors, learning about gardening, and making their school or local environment a nicer place to be by planting flowers and vegetables.

Since May their money has funded 9 planting days at estates and schools; afterschool clubs have been created; the plants and flowers that have been grown (and eaten) include leeks, peas, beans, carrots, sweetcorn, tomatoes, strawberries, lettuces and herbs. Unfortunately, the squash plants were eaten by slugs!

They have also been able to fund a day trip to Kew Gardens for 16 children and the highlight was, perhaps not surprisingly, the world famous Palm House. Over 300 children have benefited from their support so far.
HALC has funded part-time workers to work in three adventure playgrounds - Charlie Chaplin in Lambeth, Michael Williams Palace in Hammersmith and Hayward in Islington. These areas are all safe and secure and a great place to spend the day -even if you're not a child. Because of the nature of some of the disabilities, there is a need for a high ratio of staff per child.

Their money aimed to create 600 extra places for disabled and non-disabled children to enjoy play schemes during the holidays for a year. Infact they have been able to ensure that 1,980 children have been able to take part in play schemes over the summer holidays alone. Plus because of their money and the extra playworkers, many of the children have been able to do activities such as pottery, art and camp fires (?!) that they might not otherwise have been able to do.

Every year
HALC funds hundreds of children's voluntary projects in the Capital. In 2005, £850,000 was awarded to 435 organisations and group helping to fund play & special needs equipment; sports & leisure activities; youth clubs; refuge & homeless projects; activity breaks in the UK; educational programmes; and much more.
HALC receives hundreds of grant application forms annually, which are then assessed by our independent panel from London's voluntary sector who decide where the money should go.
In fact, there is probably a project around the corner to you that we have helped!
Neil Fox Patron of
Help a London Child, and DJ at Capital says
'I have the honor of writing to you as Patron of
Help a London Child. It is my aim that in 2005 we break all fundraising records, but we can’t do it without your support!
We desperately need your help to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of underprivileged children living in our capital. Raising money should be fun - you'll be surprised at just what you can get up to. I hope that you choose to join our fundraising team and raise money for my favorite charity.'
I think this is my favorite charity event too, there are many worthwhile causes in the world, but I think that with 40% of the capitals children living in poverty, and the fact these little people are our future, they need to be looked after... this Weekend my dial is locked on Capital.
You can donate a quid by texting 'KIDS' to 83958* (text costs £1.50) and you also get a chance to play in a competition and win goodies.


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