Street Child Host A-List Afternoon Tea at Claridge's to Mark International Day of the Girl

Street Child Founder Patron, Sarah, Duchess of York attended the event with her youngest daughter, HRH Princess Eugenie, and chaired the panel discussion.

Street Child Founder Patron, Sarah, Duchess of York attended the event with her youngest daughter, HRH Princess Eugenie, and chaired the panel discussion.

Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie, Jo Malone, Rachel Riley, Joan Collins, Saira Khan and Binky Felstead were amongst the guests of the charity Street Child at a ‘Mother & Daughter’ themed afternoon tea held at Claridge’s to mark International Day of the Girl.

The charity exists to support children in some of the world’s toughest places into education with a particular focus on the most vulnerable children, including girls.  Globally 64 million girls are out of school at primary and lower-secondary levels due to poverty, gender norms and lack of schools and learning resources.

The event forms part of Street Child’s 5th UK Aid Match appeal which urges the British public to ‘Mind The Gap’.  Until 4th January 2020 all donations to Street Child’s appeal will be doubled by the UK government.  A donation of £15, doubled to £30 by UK Aid Match, covers the school fees, uniform and learning materials for a child meaning one more girl can go to school.

In her role as Founder Patron of Street Child, Sarah, Duchess of York chaired a panel of inspirational speakers who tackled issues that face women & girls across the world today such as the fact that every year 12 million girls are married before their 18th birthday, limiting their chances of gaining an education.  Street Child believes that beyond just providing better employment opportunities, which increase income and reduce poverty, education also supports better health and creates independence, particularly by empowering girls to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. 

Street Child’s Director of Fundraising, Chloe Brett, commented: “I am delighted to welcome so many amazing women to this event marking International Day of the Girl. We really want to grow awareness of the challenges facing girls and how education is the most effective way of lifting their family, their community and their country out of poverty for good.  The women in this room have the power to really make a difference to some of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world.”

Sarah, Duchess of York, Street Child patron said: “64 million girls globally don’t go to school and are being left behind.  We need you to help us close the gap!  Thanks to UK Aid Match all public donations made before 4th January to Street Child’s ‘Mind The Gap’ campaign will be doubled by the UK government so a donation of £15 will be doubled to £30 which will cover the school fees, uniform and learning materials for a girl.”

For more information on Street Child’s ‘Mind The Gap’ appeal, please visit:


Street Child is an NGO that works in the world’s toughest places to help some of the most vulnerable children have access to education. 

  • Street Child’s projects are designed to help ensure that children whose educational opportunities are at risk can sustainably access their right to a seat in the classroom.

  • Street Child is dedicated to empowering vulnerable children through education in some of the world’s toughest places. Since our launch in 2008, Street Child has given more than 250,000 children access to education.

  • Whether working with children on the streets, those in rural communities that have no schools, or in crisis areas where children’s ability to learn has been adversely affected, Street Child is committed to transforming lives through child protection and increased access to education with a core focus on sustainable responses.

  • Street Child’s head office is in London. It also has offices in Barcelona and San Francisco.

About UK Aid Match

UK Aid Match brings charities, British people and the UK government together to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

For every £1 given by the public to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government adds £1 from the UK’s international development budget.

Over the last five years 42 organisations from across the UK have run UK Aid Match projects in 27 developing countries, helping around 25 million people.

UK Aid Match gives everyone in the UK a say in how the UK’s aid money is spent. It boosts the impact of high quality projects that improve the lives of poor people in developing countries.

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Street Child is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 1128536

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