Tim Henman Foundation

#Finding Your Spark

We are raising funds to help young people experiencing poverty throughout London to

#FindTheirSpark

Campaign is live for donations to be match funded from Tuesday 14th June 12:00 for seven days

Every £1 donated is worth £2 Every £1 donated is worth £2

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Our #FindingYourSpark campaign opens on Tuesday 14th June for 7 days, and thanks to the Childhood Trust, donations made up to £43,000 will be match funded.

Donations above £5 will be entered into a draw to win a framed and signed racket by Tim himself!

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Relief for young people and families in poverty

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There are 700,000 children living in poverty in London. This is an astonishing 37% of all children in London, and as many as in the whole whole of Scotland and Wales.

Longer-term, this leads to high levels of young people out of education, employment and training.

THF targets areas of deprivation and children receiving free school meals to offer specific and specialist support for deserving and in need young people to help raise their aspirations.

Thanks to La Piccola Deli we have delivered free meals in holidays to those students who would normally receive free school meals during term time.
And thanks to TCL we have donated Alcatel tablets to help keep young people connected.

Increase sporting activity in disadvantaged areas

There are substantial gaps in access to sporting activity, with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds less likely to take up sport (46%) than those from higher-income households (66%), and only half of those receiving free school meals (FSM) take part in sporting activity. There are also gaps in provision shown by schools with the lowest proportion of FSM pupils being more likely (70%) to offer extra-curricular opportunities compared to those with high FSM rates (35%).

THF delivers activity-based sports programmes delivered directly to areas of deprivation with community-led partners creating regular opportunities to participate and progress.

Achieving our fundraising target will mean we can deliver four programmes creating regular opportunities for 2,215 young people.

Enhance support for those with special educational needs and disabilities

Families of disabled children on average, face extra costs of £581 a month and for almost a quarter (24%) of families with disabled children, extra costs amount to over £1,000 a month. Some simply cannot afford this.

THF provides meaningful funding to hospices and schools who are dedicated to supporting profoundly disabled and life limited youngsters.

Achieving our fundraising target will mean we can deliver two programmes, which will provide support for 82 young people.

Our 2021 #FindingYourSpark campaign

Last summer we raised £43,678 to support children’s physical and mental wellbeing.

We were able to deliver a tennis activity programme at Chestnut Park Primary School in Croydon. This is based in bottom 30% most deprived areas in England, with free school meal rates of 41%. We put rackets in the hands of all 592 students in the school and delivered an intense 12-week course. This was followed by funded holiday camp opportunities and a regular lunch-time session.

We also put in place a table tennis programme at Meridian High School, as well as mentoring workshops on how to cope with mental health struggles. Meridian is based in the bottom 19% most deprived areas and has even higher rates of students on free school meals (54%).

Activity programmes like these are so important for children and young people’s physical and mental health.



Please support our campaign to help young people in poverty to #FindTheirSpark

 

£1.00

Cover the cost of 1 meal during the school holidays for a child receiving free school meals during term time

£2.24

Fund one coaching session for a disadvantaged child

£5.00

Cover the cost of 5 meals during the school holidays for a child receiving free school meals during term time

£13.44

Provide coaching for a disadvantaged child for a full half-term period

£25.00

Fund one session with a community-based sports coach in a deprived area of London

£100.00

Donate to cover the cost of a teacher training day to make sport more inclusive for those with special educational needs and disabilities

£331.00

Provide a bespoke opportunity for one deserving and in need student living in poverty

£403.00

Donate towards the cost of providing coaching for a whole group of disadvantaged children for a half-term