8 Sep 2015

Next week will see Florence + The Machine embark on their long awaited tour of the UK. Kicking off on Wednesday in Belfast, the tour culminates at London’s prestigious Alexandra Palace for a 4 night run staring on September 21st.

Since the tour was announced, £1 or €1 from every ticket sold (subject to relevant local taxes as applicable) was being donated to the charity Kids Company. Since its sad closure, Florence has been giving careful consideration as to which charity should now receive the donation from ticket sales.

We are now pleased to confirm that the donations will be attributed to the following equally suitable causes:

  • Dublin – funds raised on this show will be donated to the ISPCC, The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • UK shows – funds raised from these shows will have funds split equally between the following three charities: NSPCC, Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society.
  • European shows – funds raised on the mainland European tour dates will be donated to the charity Theirworld.

Please see below for further information regarding each of these charities and links to additional information.

NSPCC

The NSPCC is the only children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up more than 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. So when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.

Our ChildLine service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting the ChildLine website.

Our free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, by texting 88858 or visiting the NSPCC website.

Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future.

We work with more than 240,000 children, young people, parents and carers each year, and run more than 960 services across the UK.

We believe that every young person has a right to thrive. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need.

Visit the Barnardo's website to find out how you can get involved.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: 'We are delighted that Florence has picked Barnardo’s as one of her chosen charities to support. The funds will go towards our work with some of the most vulnerable children and families across the UK, making a real difference to their lives.'

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects to support children and young people who are at risk of exploitation or harm, those struggling with mental health problems, young people living in care, or let down by the systems meant to protect them. They come to us when they are at their most vulnerable, when they’re in desperate need of help, when they have nowhere left to turn.

At their moment of crisis we are with them every step of the way, until they’re ready to share their experiences, often for the first time. We get to the heart of their problem, start to repair the damage, and help them get the services they need. We work hand in hand with children to make sure their voices are heard, campaigning for changes to the law to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.

Our Seriously Awkward campaign is asking the Government to change the law to protect 16 and 17 year olds from harm, abuse and neglect.

Matthew Reed, The Children's Society's Chief Executive, said: 'We’re thrilled that Florence has chosen to support our vital work through her ticket sales.  The generous donations will go to making sure we can support more teenagers, at risk of exploitation or harm, struggling with mental health problems, or living in care through their moments of crisis. Florence and her powerful songs are a great inspiration to many young people and her support will enable us to change the lives of those in desperate need of help.'

Theirworld

Theirworld is about changing children’s lives. Every single child is precious and unique. At Theirworld we work hard to give children the best possible chance of living a healthy and happy life. We want to help as many children as we can: from those vulnerable babies whose lives could be saved with the right medical advances, to those kids and young people who have the hardest start in life and need greater support and encouragement. We want all children to have the chance to fulfil their potential.

The three principles of hope, change, and challenge guide the work that we do to ensure a brighter future for all children. Visit the Theirworld website.

Media enquiries

For more information, please call Rachel Burkitt, Media Officer on 020 7841 4654 or send an email. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

Notes to editors

The Children’s Society has helped change children’s stories for over a century. We expose injustice and address hard truths, tackling child poverty and neglect head-on. We fight for change based on the experiences of every child we work with and the solid evidence we gather. Through our campaigning, commitment and care, we are determined to give every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.