Without our funders, the vital work of Carefree Kids would be impossible, so we are enormously indebted to all those Trusts, companies, councils, individuals and Friends of Carefree Kids who have contributed since we began in 2004.

Despite increasing competition, we have been successful in receiving valuable repeated core costs from a range of funders.

For example, from 2013 we have benefited greatly from a five year Lottery grant to enable us to fund our volunteer coordinator post.

Our List of Funders To Date:

  • Acorn Community Fund
  • Actuaries Charitable Trust
  • Alchemy Foundation
  • Awards for All
  • Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund
  • Barchester Green Investment
  • Big Lottery
  • Butchers’ Company
  • Clothworkers’ Foundation
  • Waltham Forest Community Councils
  • Co-operative Community Fund
  • Cygnus Trust
  • Peter de Haan Charitable Trust
  • Day Lewis plc
  • Denton Wilde Sapte Charitable Trust
  • Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund
  • Ford Britain Trust
  • Foresters Fund for Children
  • B & P Glasser Charitable Trust
  • Girdlers’ Company
  • Goldsmiths’ Company
  • Hedley Foundation
  • Henry Smith
  • Help a Capital Child
  • ING Real Estate
  • Ironmongers’ Company
  • Kel Trust
  • Kelly Family Charitable Trust
  • John Lewis
  • Local Network Fund
  • London Catalyst
  • Londonations
  • Mercers’ Company
  • Music Sales Charitable Trust
  • Network for Social Change
  • George Oliver Foundation
  • Redbridge Olympic Legacy
  • Riney plc
  • local Rotary Clubs
  • Santander Community Plus
  • Mrs Smith and Mount Trust
  • South Woodford Townswomen’s Guild
  • Stratford Development Partnership
  • Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
  • Toy Trust
  • Tudor Trust
  • Variety Club Children’s Charity
  • Vintners’ Company
  • Wates Foundation
  • Waltham Forest Council
  • Westfield Stratford City
  • Waitrose
  • Walthamstow and Chingford Almshouse Charity
  • Warburtons

Some of those no longer exist; others have given repeated donations, occasionally unsolicited which is always a wonderful surprise.

We have received some useful legacies. And we were very touched by donations from students at two local secondary schools.

Friends of Carefree Kids were delighted when the acclaimed cellist Alexander Baillie agreed to perform at its benefit concert in 2012, accompanied by pianist John Thwaite. Forest School in Snaresbook also let us hold our Study Days pro bono in their excellent premises for which we are extremely grateful.

We receive several thousand pounds a year from subsidised school fees. We keep these fees as low as possible, as one of our principles is to make all services affordable. We will negotiate with a school on fees where required. We also raise some money through small-scale fundraising such as:

  • selling handmade cards crafted by one of our volunteers
  • eBay sales
  • Easyfunding
  • collections outside supermarkets

… and so on.

We were Charity of the Year at Sainsbury’s in Leytonstone for two years running and are now in our second year of being Charity of the Year at Sainsbury’s Leyton Midland! We have also been Charity of the Year at TSB Leytonstone for two years running.

How to donate

Please see our Donate page for more information on how to donate.

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