URGENT mtn-i Kids Company Appeal to give Christmas to 16,000 destitute London Children
We really need your help.
Until we started supporting Kids Company as our charity at mtn-i I had no idea that children in London are starving. I had no idea that so many abused and neglected children in the UK do not get social workers or taken into care or looked after by the state. For them – Kids Company is a lifeline.
That really surprised me. Because as a finance expert I know that London is one of the richest cities in the world and the UK is soon to be the world’s 4th largest economy.
What surprised me even more as an MTN market participant was to discover that these children are not eligible for support from any of the supra-national agencies or SRI bond initiatives that our markets raise funding for.
This means that Kids Company is the only hope for these children. Their only hope for Christmas and a future. Which is why I’m writing to you and forwarding to you a letter I just received from Camila, Kids Company’s founder.
She’s making Christmas happen for 16,000 kids in London who will not otherwise get food or presents this Christmas.
If you came to our mtn-i awards dinner in London in February you will have heard Flo Jumpp tell her story. Abandoned by her mentally ill mother, Kids Company helped her out of drugs and a gang, back into education and to Oxford University where she graduated with a first in Neuroscience. She’s now working on a neuroscience Phd that will help traumatised children. Kids Company not only feeds, clothes and turns around the lives of these children, it gives them a future.
I’ve met Camilla several times this year and on both occasions I’ve been moved to tears by the scale of her commitment to save every child that needs her help. I’ve also been really upset to discover that this year the UK government ended a commitment to support Kids Company with GBP4m a year. Not only does Kids Company look after 16,000 children in London alone, it provides a pioneering model for giving traumatised, abused and neglected children a road to recovery, but they are constantly trying to raise money to keep up with this sadly growing challenge. Kids Company should be scaling up and exporting its model to all the children in the UK that need help, instead they are fighting for financial survival.
This is a charity that delivers to every child that needs help and then goes out and raises the money to keep going.
So please take a moment to read Camilla’s letter and if you haven’t already thought about a Christmas donation – please send something. I promise you – your money won’t be better leveraged for children this Christmas. I can also tell you that because I know from personal experience in my early life why what Kids Company does is so important and why it works.
You can donate by bank transfer directly to Kids Company (call us on +44 74371331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details) or via the mtn-i Charity Page or even simpler, TEXT ‘MTNI66’ with he amount to 70070
Thank you and Happy Christmas.