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Sunday 1st February 2015
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Help a London Child - LBC's official charity

LBC is proud to announce that we have selected Help a London Child as our chosen charity.

Our very own Nick Ferrari has accepted a role as Ambassador for the charity, which provides financial support to grass-root projects working with London’s less advantaged children and young people. London’s Biggest Conversation is delighted to be working with one of London’s leading children’s charities.

We will be announcing a calendar of events for listeners to get involved with over the coming year, the next is The British Gas Great British Swim.


Help a London Child was launched in 1975 by Lord Attenborough and over the last thirty four years the charity has raised in excess of £21,000,000 and awarded that amount to over 12,000 small groups and charities.

"Less advantaged kids don't have less imagination,
just less opportunity to express it."

Lord Attenborough CBE, Life Patron

What we do

halc penny lancasterHelp a London Child is a grant giving charity, which means that it can provide practical and lasting support to thousands of youngsters aged 18 and under. Help a London Child grants aim to directly assist and give opportunities to London's children and young people who:
- Experience poverty and disadvantage
- Have/are experiencing abuse, neglect, homelessness, violence or crime  
- Have an illness or disability.

How do we decide where the money goes?

Each year, an independent panel from the voluntary sector assesses hundreds of applications for funding to decide where the money should go. Help a London Child allocates grants to registered charities or voluntary and community groups that aim to make a positive difference to children and young people’s lives. Grants are targeted at the areas of greatest need, and money is allocated geographically to ensure that children and young people in all corners of London receive a balanced share of the money raised.

In 2009, 303 groups across London were awarded a share of £586,763.

How to apply for a grant
If your charity or voluntary group works with children and young people fitting into one or more of the categories listed above, then please do consider requesting funding. Please note that statutory organisations such as schools, local authorities and hospitals cannot apply.
More information on how to apply for a grant

How is the money raised?
Throughout the year Help a London Child is involved in fundraising events including black-tie galas, sponsored treks and runs. The charity also relies on the generosity and imagination of the general public to donate money.
Find out how you can help us raise money for vital causes all across London

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Why we recommend Virgin Money Giving.

Help a London Child is an appeal run by Global Charities. Registered charity number 1091657, and a member of the IoF.