For 46 years, churches and schools across the country have improved the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children by raising money at their Christingle services.

By joining in with Christingle and raising money at your local event, you help us to improve the lives of children who need our support.

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Maya's story

Children like Maya, who often have nowhere else to turn. For the first six years of her life, Maya lived in extreme poverty. She was noticeably underweight and wasn’t able to attend school because her parents couldn’t afford to buy her lunch or shoes for her to wear.

Thankfully, The Children’s Society was able to help Maya. With our support, Maya’s dad found a new job, enabling the family to support themselves financially. Now, Maya never misses school or goes hungry, and she smiles and laughs much more.

Maya

Thanks to the support of churches and schools up and down the country, we’re able to continue our work in fighting for disadvantaged children  for more than 130 years.

The money raised from Christingle services makes a big difference to the lives of children and young people as we support them to make the story of their childhood a better one. For many of the children we work with, that means going from poverty to sufficiency, from stigma to acceptance, and from harm to safety.

Jenny's story

This was certainly the case for Jenny, whose stepmother physically abused her for over 5 years. Lit cigarettes and bleach were thrown in her face and she was even beaten so hard that she ended up in hospital.

When she was 16, Jenny was referred to The Children’s Society’s Checkpoint project in Torbay, where she received the direct, one-to-one support she needed. We gave her emergency accommodation and put her in touch with Sally, someone Jenny describes as the ‘best counsellor ever’. Jenny is now at college and studying to be a hairdresser.

Our impact

Every year in the UK, tens of thousands of children and teenagers are abused, neglected and exploited.

Their lives are ruined in the here and now and their prospects derailed for the future. This is why we are working as hard as we can to make sure children and young people are receiving the support they so desperately need.

For more information on how we’re working to change children’s lives, take a look at our Impact Report.