Children's Society

Thousands of vulnerable children who were already struggling have been plunged into desperation and danger by the Coronavirus crisis. 

This unprecedented government lockdown has trapped vulnerable children at home. They're hidden from view and without the vital support they need. I've heard from our staff that there are children facing increased danger of abuse and neglect. They're all alone, trying to cope with their worries, fears and worsening mental health.

Our incredible front-line staff are delivering vital care packages and providing urgent advice and support to children that can literally save their lives. And that’s why I’m appealing to you now from the bottom of my heart to help us.

Becky, from our front-line team, told me 'When a child is in imminent danger we arrange an emergency response. We’re the only workers doing this for some young people'.  

Thousands of our country’s vulnerable children are at risk of losing their only lifeline if we cannot continue to help them in their time of crisis. But we’ve had to close our shops and stop all our fundraising events, leaving a huge hole in our finances.  

I need your urgent support and generosity right now. Please donate to our Emergency Coronavirus Appeal to ensure we can be there for the children who need us the most, so that they don’t have to face this crisis alone.  

I know people’s situations have changed, but I’m really hoping you’ll feel able to give as much as you can today. Please take care, and I hope you and those you love stay safe in these anxious times. 

Thank you for standing with us, we really can’t do this without you.

Mark Russell 
Chief Executive


wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy.

It is committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. It aims to give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through campaigns and research, it seeks to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.

The main opportunity to support this work comes each Advent when a Christingle Service is held. 
Christingle was established by the Moravian Church in 1747 as a symbol of Christ's light and love. The Children's Society introduced it to the Church of England in 1968 and it has since become a popular family and community event.

At Christ Church and St John with St Mark's Church each year services are held at the end of November/early December. Watch out for dates.

The Christingle itself refers to the symbolic object made up of the following four components:

  1. an orange - representing the world
  2. a red ribbon (or tape) - indicating the blood or love of Christ
  3. a lighted candle - symbolising Jesus, the light of the world
  4. four cocktail sticks bearing dried fruit or sweets - signifying the four seasons and the fruits of the earth and God's good gifts.

Margery Spencer coordinates this support.





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