The Christmas Challenge video wall

Click on the links below or scroll down to see some of the participating charities and the projects they were raising money for in the Christmas Challenge 2016.

English National Ballet
Clean Break
Canine Partners
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Jamie’s Farm
The Reader
Bees for Development Trust
Royal Holloway University of London
Orangutan Foundation

 

English National Ballet

Charity Name: English National Ballet

Christmas Challenge Champion: Postcode Support Trust

Year(s) participated: 2015 and 2016

Most recent project: Dance for Parkinson’s – High quality dance classes for people with Parkinson’s, their family, friends and carers. The classes – which take place in five hubs across the UK – are inspired by English National Ballet’s repertoire and delivered in a professional dance studio with live music. They help build confidence and promote freedom from everyday Parkinson’s symptoms.

Total raised: £22,847
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Clean Break

Charity Name: Clean Break

Christmas Challenge Champion: The Reed Foundation (UK)

Year(s) participated: 2014, 2015 and 2016

Most recent project: Building women’s resilience using the arts – providing one-to-one support and specialist theatre education for vulnerable women, addressing mental health needs, personal wellbeing, coping strategies and confidence building.

Total raised: £21,368
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Canine Partners

Charity Name: Canine Partners

Christmas Challenge Champion: Clive & Sylvia Richards Foundation

Year(s) participated: 2016

Most recent project: Amazing Dogs, Transforming Lives – Dedicated to helping transform the lives of disabled people through its amazing assistance dogs. Our dogs give our partners greater independence, a better quality of life and they are specially trained to meet individuals’ needs and disability.

Total raised: £61,320
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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Charity Name: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Christmas Challenge Champion: The Childhood Trust

Year(s) participated: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Most recent project: Offering pathways to drama training at RADA – We want our world-leading training to be available to talented young people across the UK, especially those under-represented in the arts and higher education (HE). This includes people from BAME backgrounds, people with physical and sensory impairments and people living beyond South East England.

Total raised: £102,131
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Jamie’s Farm

Charity Name: Jamie’s Farm

Christmas Challenge Champion: The EQ Foundation

Year(s) participated: 2016

Most recent project: Farm Three: Fit For Purpose – The high demand for our ‘Farming, Family & Therapy’ programme means we are at capacity at our existing farms. As such we want to set up a third farm to enable more disadvantaged children to thrive socially and emotionally, and excel in education. This project will fund this exciting new chapter.

Total raised: £110,475
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The Reader

Charity Name: The Reader

Christmas Challenge Champion: Postcode Support Trust

Year(s) participated: 2013 and 2016

Most recent project: Shared Reading with Lonely Older People – To support socially isolated older people through our Shared Reading groups, and training and empowering them to support each other.

Total raised: £50,505
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Bees for Development Trust

Charity Name: Bees for Development Trust

Christmas Challenge Champion: Ethiopiaid

Year(s) participated: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016

Most recent project: Beekeeping enterprise for Ethiopian school leavers – Beekeeping lifts people out of poverty. We will support 2 Honey Cooperatives in Amhara, Ethiopia. Young landless men and women will be trained and equipped to keep bees, sell honey and develop business skills. We will support micro-enterprises linked with beekeeping e.g. making beekeeping clothing.

Total raised: £29,333
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Royal Holloway University of London

Charity Name: Royal Holloway University of London

Christmas Challenge Champion: The Reed Foundation (UK)

Year(s) participated: 2016

Most recent project: Scholarships & work placements – Scholarships & work placements provide access to a first-class education and paid placement and employment opportunities for outstanding students of many academic disciplines who may not otherwise be able to afford these life-changing experiences.

Total raised: £65,761
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Orangutan Foundation

Charity Name: Orangutan Foundation

Christmas Challenge Champion: The Reed Foundation (Environment & Animals)

Year(s) participated: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Most recent project: Safeguarding Priority Orangutan Habitats – Following the devastating forest fires in Borneo triggered by the extreme El Nino dry season of 2015, it is crucial to prevent further loss of orangutan habitat by stepping up our efforts to safeguard and restore priority orangutan habitats.

Total raised: £18,916
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