About Help a Capital Child

Our charity, Help a Capital Child, was set up in 1975 to help disadvantaged young people in our local areas. We support children and young people affected by abuse, homelessness, disability, poverty and illness. We may live in one of the wealthiest cities and countries in the world but the statistics are shocking.

Over 1 in 3 children in London live below the poverty line 

70,000 children in London are living with a disability

23,500 families across the UK have been told their child will die before them

6 teenagers and young people are told they have cancer every day

There are 22,000 children and young people in London who are caring for a parent or sibling

Many of these children and young people face hardship and have to grow up fast. We’re here to make a difference and we do this in a number of ways.

We provide small grants to hundreds of local projects and groups located throughout London, who provide support and opportunities for these young people.

We also continue to help Teenage Cancer Trust to fund specialist units and care for young people with cancer right across the areas where Capital transmits. We want to help make sure that cancer doesn’t stop these teenagers in their tracks and that they are given the best possible quality of life and chances of survival.

Two year ago we also funded 9 major grants, and in March 2013 we awarded sustainability and development funding, helping to ensure these capital projects will leave a lasting legacy and continue to make a huge impact on thousands of children and young people in London for years to come.

After the amazing success of London 2012, we want to keep giving children and young people of all abilities the opportunity to take part in sport in our capital. We’ve spent £500,000 since 2007, enabling over 30,000 children and young people to benefit from our partnership programmes including London Youth Games Sports Development Grants with Balfour Beatty, Free Sport for All, Sports M.A.T.E and Inclusive & Active 2.

In 2012/13 with your help, £1,044,826 has been awarded to 406 charities and voluntary groups through all our London grants programmes, benefiting over 80,000 of the Capital’s disadvantaged and most vulnerable children and young people.