Our ongoing partnership with Barnardo’s will see children in care across the UK benefit from our fundraising activity to help them with the transition to independent adult lives.
With the number of children in care expected to hit 100,000 in 2025, funding in this area is taking on increasing importance.
The money raised will help the children’s charity support young people leaving care, who have no family support network and are often left to learn life lessons on their own.
We are hoping to raise £15,000 before Christmas through our fundraising activity, some of which will be used by the charity to give young adults leaving care a safety net through its Supported Lodgings Service.
This includes 18-year-old H* who has been helped by the charity’s scheme after she left foster care in 2020. H* is currently living with Cheryll and her family in Warwickshire and is benefitting from having the support most teenagers leaving care are sadly not getting.
To mark the Supported Lodgings fundraising initiative H and Cheryll were given an opportunity to spend time together preparing, creating and eating a family dinner, thanks to our pizza kits.
Since moving into Cheryll’s home, H has embarked on an apprenticeship, passed her driving test, joined a gym and been on family holidays. She has also improved her cooking skills and done tasks most people learn from their parents, including registering with a doctor, dentist and the electoral role.
H is the fourth person Cheryll has welcomed into her home through Supported Lodgings. While two have been short term emergency young adults, one stayed for more than a year and they are still in regular contact.
It’s fantastic to see how the money we’re raising is making a difference and is being used to help young adults not only transition from childhood but also experience the magic of Christmas time they might normally miss out on.
Together with Barnardo’s staff, volunteers and people like Cheryll and her family, we’ll be spending the next few weeks delivering our home pizza crafting experience, helping to bring children, families and volunteers together to connect, make pizza, laugh and smile.
Help us to raise funds
Join us on our journey to bring a slice of happiness to every home this Christmas and beyond. With every pizza kit sold up to the end of December, we will be donating £1, with many more fundraising activities planned to help those less fortunate rediscover the magic of Christmas.