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Stars of the show

Cambridge Supporters Group – a group extraordinaire!

£100,000 raised!

SOS Children’s Villages used to run a charity shop in Cambridge. The shop closed 20 years ago but the loyal volunteers decided to band together to form the Cambridge Supporters Group (CSG). This summer, the group reached an amazing £100,000 in their fundraising for SOS Children’s Villages.

Project Jam Sandwich took part in a fundraising concert organised by the Cambridge Supporters' Group

The CSG has held tennis tournaments, golf days, spring walks, wine tasting evenings, a fashion show and a barn dance. Jazz concerts have also been a regular feature.

To celebrate reaching their £100,000 target, a concert was held this summer at Rayner’s Farm, Whittlesford. The British weather did its best to disappoint, but supporters braved the rain to enjoy music and entertainment. Performers included a local children’s choir called Shout Aloud, regulars Kate Waldock and Bob Croft, and Project Jam Sandwich (shown in the photo), a group of young musicians from the Royal Manchester College of Music. With the help of sponsorship from Cambridge-headquartered ARM Holdings, the evening raised £2,000 for the SOS nursery school in Chipata, Zambia.

Over many years, donations from the CSG have been used to provide vital support, medical care and education to children in 26 different SOS Children’s Villages, including Lilongwe in Malawi and Basse in The Gambia. Members describe an invitation to attend the opening of the Chipata Village in Zambia in 2012 as the highlight of their long and dedicated fundraising history.

From the whole team at SOS Children UK, we would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported this wonderful group and to all the members who helped organise events over the years. You have transformed the lives of vulnerable children, making you our stars of the show!

Birthday bash with a difference

A birthday is the perfect excuse to gather friends together and celebrate.

Tanya Franks and Fadumo, her sponsored child

Tanya Franks (best known for her gritty role as Raine Cross in the BBC soap Eastenders and from the BAFTA winning drama Broadchurch) recently held such a party – only with a difference.

To draw attention to the work of SOS Children’s Villages, all those invited were asked to make a donation or set up a child sponsorship. Tanya says people often think they have to go to extreme lengths to support a charity, but asking for donations instead of presents is a simple way to raise money.

Tanya has been sponsoring a young girl in Ethiopia for four years. Fadumo (pictured) lives in the SOS Village at Gode, near Somalia. This region is at constant risk from terrorist attacks across the border. SOS Children’s Villages continues to work in such areas of great need and to ensure girls have as many opportunities as boys.

Speaking about her decision to sponsor a child and support our charity generally, Tanya says that, like many of us, she looked at how comfortable her life is and wanted to provide someone else with comfort. The money raised at the party will be used to ensure other children like Fadumo have exactly that.

Running for a cause

£13,000 raised!

A young SOS supporter cheers on a competitor at the British 10K at Dorney Park

On 13 July, 100 runners (25 from the global recruitment company SThree) raised more than £6,000 for SOS Children’s Villages as part of the British 10k in London.

HSBC also chose us as their official charity partner for their sponsored triathlon event at Dorney Lake on 14 September. At least 50 people ran on behalf of SOS Children and this great family day out raised more than £7,000 for us.

We’d like to thank everyone who took part in these two special sporting occasions or helped with the arrangements. As far as we’re concerned, you all deserve a medal!

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