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War Child’s Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder Exceeds Its Target Raising £500,000 To Support Children And Families


03 September 2020

£500,000 raised in six weeks to help children and families affected by war  

87 high-profile figures spanning the arts and entertainment industries donated over 100 prizes or experiences

Over 9,200 funders donated across the 6 weeks

Over 16,000 entries to the £5 prize draws for a chance to win exclusive prizes or experiences

Lifesaving hygiene kits and food to be provided to thousands of families living in poverty during the pandemic

War Child’s Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder has wrapped after its six-week run and, with the help of A-list supporters, the general public and the whole creative industry, has exceeded its original target of £300,000 by raising a staggering £500,000 for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.

The incredible total means War Child is able to deliver more life-saving work across Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo to support some of the most vulnerable children in the world living through conflict and coronavirus.

The funds raised will go towards supporting families living in cramped conditions with lifesaving hygiene kits, helping provide critical support to more children calling War Child’s helpline who have nobody else to turn to and providing lifesaving food to thousands of families living in poverty during the pandemic.

 

 

Highlights from War Child’s Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder include: 

  • £500,000raised in six weeks to help children and families affected by war  
  • 87high-profile figures spanning the arts and entertainment industries donated over 100 prizes or experiences  
  • Over 9,200 funders donated across the 6 weeks 
  • Over 16,000 entries to the £5 prize draws for a chance to win exclusive prizes or experiences

The War Child Emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder offered a unique range of exclusive items and experiences available to 'buy now', through auctions and prize draws, with a range of items priced for every budget. They included: a private video call with Louis Tomlinson that crashed the website due to popular demand, a once-in-a-lifetime stunt experience with Vanessa Kirby and the Mission Impossible stunt team, a private concert from Marcus Mumford, a breakfast and a private screening with Carey Mulligan, an exclusive and hand signed guitar from Muse and a Stranger Things bomber jacket signed by award-winning actor Finn Wolfhard.  

Carey Mulligan, Global Ambassador for War Child UK, said “I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to every single person who contributed in any way to this effort. With your help, War Child's Coronavirus Crowdfunder exceeded its initial goal by £200,000), and can now help to provide crucial support to even more families by supplying them with not only essential information on Covid-19, but lifesaving hygiene kits containing soap, hand sanitiser, masks, and towels.”

Rob Williams, Chief Executive Officer at War Child UK, added “We’re absolutely blown away by the show of support and generosity from the whole creative industry and public in helping us raising these vital funds. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our generous donors and the thousands of funders who put their hands in their pockets in these unpredictable times to help those in need. These funds will make a huge difference to children and families who are struggling to survive in the midst of war and the added threat of Coronavirus.” 

 

 

A total of 87 high profile donors contributed over 100 unique items, experiences and designs to the cause including: Carey Mulligan, Marcus Mumford, Vanessa Kirby,  Louis Tomlinson, Jamie Dornan, Finn Wolfhard, Emma Stone, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Helena Bonham-Carter, The 1975, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Radiohead,  Emilia Clarke, Jude Law, Gillian Anderson, Jodie Whittaker, Anya Chalotra, Dave Bautista, Muse,  Margot Robbie, Chris Evans, Bastille, Brian O’Driscoll, Craig David, Damien Hirst, Dolly Alderton, Erdem, Fee Greening, Florence Welch, IDLES, James Bay, Keane, Steve Bruce, Patrick Hughes, Portishead, Ralph & Russo, Rupert Grint, Sam Eastwood, Sports Interactive, Stella McCartney, Stephen Merchant, Suede, The Chemical Brothers, You Me Bum Bum Train, Bring Me The Horizon, Massive Attack, Paloma Faith, Brian Eno, alt-J, Anthony Burrill,  Bella Freud, Ben Lovett, Cressida Jamieson, Duran Duran, Elbow, Emma Freud, Jamie xx, Jess Glynne, Anne-Marie, Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling, MOF, Oscar Isaac, Rinsola Babajide, Ted Dwane, Mark Strong, Emma Gannon, The Crown, Tom Odell, Winston Marshall, Ross Stirling, Yungblud, Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Ticketmaster, Vero and Gamer Network.

The initiative launched on 21st July and ran until 1st September, though the public can still head over to www.warchildcrowdfunder.co.uk to purchase exclusive t-shirts, prints and canvas bags, whilst stocks last.  

To find out more about War Child, visit WarChild.org.uk and follow @WarChildUK on Twitter and Instagram for further updates. 

About War Child
War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war. 

We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery - helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future. 

We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution - from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America. 

We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response. 

Find War Child on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Charity number: 1071659 

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