Where your money goes

We appreciate all donations in support of our work helping England's most vulnerable children and young people. 

Whatever the size of the donation, we manage your gift responsibly to ensure the maximum benefit for children. For example, more than 70% of each donation supports our work to transform the lives of children and young people. 

The money we spend on fundraising is one of the best investments around. For every £1 spent, we raise £4.10 to help children and young people*.

More than 27,000 volunteers a year help us make your donations go further. 

Where our money comes from and how we spend it

In 2012-13, we:

  • raised £46.3 million from a range of supporters, including our shops, direct donations from members of the public and local authority grants
  • spent £46.2 million to support vulnerable children and young people across the country.

Some of the young people we support

The money we raise helps us support young people across the country. Here are just a few examples of young people sharing their experience of working with us.

Abby Irwin

'Singing at the Young Carers Festival was one of the most amazing experiences of my life'

Abby Irwin, a young carer, sang the theme song for the 2012 Young Carers Festival, an annual event we organise in Hampshire for the thousands of young carers across the country.



A young man writing

'The best day ever - I really hope we can do something like this again!'

A young man in who works with our programme in Leeds writes about helping four fellow young people with disabilities learn a wide range of skills.



Two young women, Romany and Ciara, with microphones

'We hope that our song will open people's eyes about runaways'

Romany and Ciara co-wrote an incredibly catchy song about young runaways. The tune focuses on the problems the young people face and the support they need.


* Please note that this figure excludes income and expenditure generated by retail activities.

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