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 The Boodles team are coming together to support Street Child’s work in Sierra Leone; empowering families, training teachers, and protecting and educating some of the most vulnerable children in the world. 121 million children are not being given the chance to go to school. Millions more are in school but failing to learn. We are joining Street Child to ensure that every child has the chance to go to school and learn. 

 
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STREET CHILD NEWS

 

Sierra Leone: Kono in Focus

(Click on the image for your Autumn update)

Chris Parkes on our Nigeria Projects

(Click on the image to read the magazine feature on our photographer, Chris Parkes, following his trip to Nigeria)

2018 CEO Highlights

(Click on the image for your Autumn update of our global programmes)

 

BOODLES FUNDRAISERS

 

£101,218.86

raised this year from Boodles!

Team Totals To Date:

 
 

 

Boodles Liverpool Santa Dash £1,545

(fundraising on a different platform)

 
 

80p of every £1 that is raised is spent directly on our international projects.

Therefore we can promise you that your fundraising will be making a vast impact on improving the lives for vulnerable children in the toughest places in the world.

 

Wall of Fame

 
Tough mudder Chester team

The Harrods warriors took on a Tough Mudder.

In total these heroes have raised nearly £3,000! This would cover the salary for 2 social workers to provide vital support to help the most vulnerable children get into school and learning.

The Boodles Street Child Pendant.

Designed by Aiyna, this incredible piece of jewellery will be raising money for Street Child with every sale. It even had its own feature in Tatler!(Click through to see the full article on Tatler’s website).

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Tiggy takes on the London Marathon 2019

Yet another of the fantastic Team Savoy will be taking on an epic challenge in 2019…Tiggy Brown we cannot WAIT to cheer you on!

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The Liverpool team cut a Dash in their Santa suits!

Yep, that’s right: they took on the legendary Santa Dash, raising over £1,500 - enough to make us blush like Rudolph’s nose!

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Boodles joined our 10th Anniversary celebrations.

To celebrate in style, our 10th Anniversary party was held at Kensington Palace, where we were joined by royals, celebs and of course, Boodles! The Boodles Pendant was up for live auction with a winning bid of £4,000!

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Efa’s & Mimi’s Skydive.

Together they raised £2,000 towards the Savoy team’s total: enough to fund a teacher’s training for 2 years in Sierra Leone!

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Gabrielle’s wine tasting evening.

Gabrielle put on a spectacularly successful wine tasting evening, and raised over £1,000 from her well-hydrated guests…This is enough to buy enough learning materials, benches and desks for a whole school!

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The Manchester team is having a ‘cracking’ Christmas!

The Manchester team will be selling Christmas crackers in aid of Street Child this year. At £10 each, it will be a lucky dip as to which lucky customers will get the amazing prizes that the team has managed to gather.

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Nina bent over backyards in support of Street Child

Nina Eadie from the Bond Street Marketing Team hosted yoga classes, which brought in over £1,000 in ticket sales. We’re holding a warrior pose in her honour…

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Cornelia’s Christmas cards in aid of Street Child.

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Street Child had a ball at The Boodles Tennis…

With a Boodles pendant and a day’s golf at Stoke Park as the grand prizes, the raffle tickets sold like hot cakes, raising a total of £4,280!

West African Cooking Night

The Boodles teams of London joined Street Child at the Hello Fresh kitchen for a West African themed cookery class! Everyone got stuck in to cook up a delight of dishes from fried plantains, to pepper chicken, to the spiciest soup known to mankind. This was followed by a presentation from photographer, Chris Parkes, who shared stories from his travels to Sierra Leone to capture Street Child’s work in the most rural and isolated villages.

Thank you to everyone who came and made it a very special social! (And the costume prize goes to Michael Wainwright for his very fetching apron…)

 
 
 
 

INSPIRED?

As if all the fantastic ideas from the Boodles fundraisers weren’t enough, here are some more ideas if you would like to keep going to reach further & raise even more funds to help even more children get into school…

And please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Laura if you need any advice, photos & fundraising materials or someone to bounce ideas off.

 

Shout About It.

Social media was the best thing to happen to fundraising over the last decade...

  • Share your team’s Everyday Hero page across your social media platforms to let people know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

  • Approach contacts personally for bigger donations - others will then follow suit!

  • Click below to see Street Child’s social media for ideas & stories from our projects abroad.

Events.

Fundraising: basically an excuse to have a great party!

  • This could be anything as easy as a dinner party, wine tasting or Sunday brunch (don’t forget the avo on toast…).

  • You could even go BIGGER: pub quiz, backyard cinema night, open mic night, fashion show - whatever takes your fancy!

  • Come to a Street Child event! From posh pub quizzes and gala dinners to supper clubs and comedy nights, our events are a great way to support Street Child and learn more about what we do. 

Challenge Yourself.

  • From our award-winning Sierra Leone Marathon to our 'Craft Half' marathon, we've got challenges to suit everyone.

  • Looking for a different kind adventure? Find your nearest mountain, lake or river and go conquer it!

  • Quirky always wins. How about a sky dive, fancy dress cycle ride, or a sponsored silence?

  • Running: get fit and raise money for Street Child! At most UK events, a personal team of Street Child cheerleaders comes with the package.

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Stories From The Field.

 

BOODLES CHARITY PARTNERSHIP.

Joseph.

Joseph lost his parents to Ebola. Now he lives with his auntie Mabel who looks after seven children, four of whom are Ebola orphans.

Street Child supported Mabel to set up a business. With the money she makes from her business  she can afford the costs of sending her children to school. 

"During Ebola I was isolated and stigmatised because of the quarantine. It was really hard. Today I’m feeling better thanks to Street Child’s social workers. My hope for the future is to finish my education and become a lawyer so that I can help my family out of poverty. Education has taught me to read. It will help me develop my family's lives too. I’m good at maths and English - they’re my best subjects."

Join team Boodles to help more children like Joseph. 

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The Tommy Family.

 
 
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Manu is 40 and has 6 biological children and four others who she cares for. Mamie is 45 and has 7 biological children and two others who she cares for. Nancy is 35 and has five biological children plus two that she cares for.

These three wives and their children all live together in a house built by Foday Tommy, their husband, who died of Ebola.

Nancy Tommy tells us their story:

“My husband was a dispenser giving out medicine at a government hospital when he caught Ebola. He set out one morning and then started feeling ill at work and so they admitted him right away, he died two days later so he never came home. We weren’t even allowed to see the body and it was only later that they told us where the grave was. As soon as this happened our compound was quarantined for 21 days, they placed a tape around the house and armed police guarded it to make sure that we didn’t leave. We had to rely on the government to feed us but we didn’t have enough food. We were stigmatised, the whole community rejected us. They looked at us like we were the virus. It was so sad. I would’ve preferred to be dead than live in that situation again. Then, whilst we were under quarantine, our eldest son got ill. He had high blood pressure with stress, the ambulance came to take him and he never came back. Later we learnt that he has died of Ebola so we were quarantined for another 21 days. The children weren’t happy, they couldn’t play with their friends, they felt the bond of the quarantine. They cried because they missed their dad and they didn’t have enough food. It is only recently that the children have stopped crying. Street Child has been such a solace for them, they’re no longer as traumatised as they were.”

Street Child’s work with the Tommy Family began with helping the children to overcome the trauma of the Ebola crisis. Since then, they have been given a Family Business Grant, which they spent on improving the yields from their farm, and so can now feed the whole family as well as set aside produce to sell at the market. With this boost in income, they are able to send their children to school in the daytime, instead of needing them to work on the farm, and they can afford the learning materials the children need to progress in school. Although life is still tough for the three women, they are gradually picking themselves up and leading their family on the road to recovery from the devastating Ebola Crisis.

 

Mami Tommy

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I am thankful to God that our children are in school and that Street Child are helping us. Street Child helped us during Ebola and now they’re helping us with businesses too. I’m selling fertilizer. My hope is that my children will be educated and do well and be able to care for me when I’m old.
— Mami Tommy

Manu Tommy

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The business grant from Street Child meant I started selling pepper, okra, palm oil and vegetables, the grant is a source of courage to me - it helps reduce worry. The business is growing gradually but it’s still tough when you have this many children and you have no husband. Life is still tough for us but I’m glad our children are in school, because at the end of the day, it’s the children that can make their story a different one.
— Manu Tommy

Nancy Tommy

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It is only Street Child who have helped us. We survive through the businesses they helped us to start and through a bit of gardening. Thankfully, all our children are now in school because our businesses pay for school fees. Education is their only hope for a better future.
— Nancy Tommy

Emma.

 
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Emma is 17 and a single mother. She is a beneficiary of Street Child’s ‘Girls Access To Education’ (GATE) project and she was also selected by her classmates to be a peer mentor for other girls.

I have two desires in my heart - to be a doctor or to be a bank manager. I want to be a doctor because there is no medical care in our community at the moment and I want to solve that. The nearest hospital is 12 miles. If I’m not a doctor I want to be a bank manager, to be somebody and have money fast so that I can help my mother who is suffering.

My parents split up when I was small, my mum moved to Pujehun and my dad lived in Guinea. My dad wanted me to stay with him, but then he died when I was little so I grew up with my poor grandmother in Guinea. No-one cared for me so I dropped out of school. I got a job in catering but my colleague got me pregnant, I was only 16 and was really struggling. Whilst I was pregnant I went back to Pujehun to find my mum to see if she could help me. Everything was very hard, then I gave birth to my baby boy called Sheku. My mum is poor and works in the bush, farming. I hoped my mum would send me to school but she said no - she told me that I was the last who would be helped to school because I’d lived with my father.

I am determined to be educated and to be somebody. I have been back in school for two years now because I worked making and selling palm candles to pay my own way. My mum has seen my determination and how good I am in school, and she says she is sorry that she didn’t help me and now she is encouraging me in my education again."