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Our Summer Funder raises £27,900

We had a wonderful evening of live crowd funding at this year’s Summer Funder, held again at the beautiful Two Temple Place. Thank you to our friends at The Fore for hosting us.

To open the event, Sarah from The Kids Network gave a passionate Impact Report on how the funding they raised last year supported and empowered an extra 60 children through their mentoring programme. 

We then got down to the serious business of the evening! In a TFN first, the audience first heard a special pitch via Skype from Tim Pare, founder of Tea Leaf Trust on their peace and reconciliation work in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks. Tim spoke to us from Thailand where he and his family have relocated temporarily. We were inspired by Tim’s tireless work to help young people from diverse religious backgrounds on tea plantations come together, learn from each-other and reach their potential through education. The audience pledged over £7,200 to support this work.

Next up were Ben Sudell and Ophir Yaron from Wave Café in North London who talked about their work to  bring people with and without learning disabilities together to enjoy a range of artistic and recreational activities, transforming attitudes to ability and disability in the process. We were treated to a special piece of poetry written by Ophir describing how the sessions make her feel and we were delighted to raise over £7,900 to support their sessions. 

After hearing about how many pregnant women’s lives are lost due to a lack of access to urgent medical care in rural Uganda from Andrew Mayo and Dr. Bethan Rees from Harpenden Spotlight on Africa, the crowd dug deep and raised over £6,300 to support a new ambulance service to make sure women can access the urgent care they need. 

The final pitch of the evening was from Emily Miller of London’s Migration Museum who talked about their work teaching children & young people about how migration has shaped Britain. The crowd was in agreement that fostering empathy, connection & belonging is so important at this critical time, and raised over £6,300 towards creating a kinder Britain. 

In total, we raised over £27,900 to help these four amazing non-profits strengthen communities and save lives. See the photos from the night here. We were also delighted to have a special media guest on the night with The Economist filming and doing interviews for an exciting new film about emerging forms of philanthropy– details to come soon!

We heard from one of the attendees, “I learned something new, had a great time, and I am leaving feeling inspired”. ​

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