Hope for Children Statement on Childreach
We were deeply saddened to hear the news that Childreach International has been forced to cease all operations with immediate effect. Our sadness extends both to their committed supporters and team, and to the thousands of vulnerable children all over the world they helped, as well as their overseas staff and partners, who will be affected by this news.
It is with this in mind that we have been working closely with Childreach International’s board of trustees to assess what we can do to minimise the impact of this announcement – to both students and international projects.
It is important to remember at times like this that ultimately, we are all working and raising funds to improve the lives of vulnerable children across the world. One shared goal. Nothing should ever be more important than this.
Therefore, in the knowledge that there are many students across the UK who have signed up to challenges in aid of Childreach International, we feel the only offering we are able to responsibly give to you, to enable you to continue with an adventure of a lifetime and raise valuable funds to support some of the most vulnerable children in the world, is the following:
If you have signed up to a challenge in aid of Childreach International, we would love to welcome you into the Hope family. To ensure that at least 50% of the funds you raise are used to help us achieve our mission to enable vulnerable children to experience a happy, healthy and positive childhood, you will be asked to fundraise afresh and reach our fundraising pledge targets (varied dependent on challenge) by agreed deadlines – see Choose a Challenge update for more details.
We have been working with Choose a Challenge, our fully ATOL protected logistics provider, and can confirm that whilst new registration fees will need to be paid, Choose a Challenge have provided a generous discount to support students at this difficult time.
We understand that this may not be the best package you are being offered, but we also strongly believe this is the only offer we can give that truly benefits incredible children and families we support around the world.
To take up this offer, it’s simple – follow the link below to Choose a Challenge’s website, sign up and within 1 working day our team will have been in contact with you, and have helped you put together a new fundraising plan for between now and your trip.
What support will I receive?
We have full confidence that our experienced Fundraising Team, that includes a wealth of experience from Loughborough, Manchester, Brunel and Nottingham RAGs, will offer you outstanding fundraising support to help you reach your fundraising pledge targets.
If you'd like to talk to one of our Student Fundraising Team, please get in touch by calling us on 01442 234561 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could this happen to Hope for Children?
Hope for Children are not facing the financial challenges that caused Childreach International to close. As can be seen from the financial statement in our annual review, and on the Charities Commission, Hope for Children is in a stable financial situation and indeed we have reserves to ensure our sustainability.
Are Choose a Challenge a reputable logistics provider?
Set up back in 2006, Choose a Challenge is the market leader when it comes to offering once in a life time challenge events for university students. By joining a Choose a Challenge event you will be signing up alongside hundreds of likeminded students from the UK and US ready to take on a once in a lifetime challenge, fundraising to make the world a better place.
Choose a Challenge are the preferred supplier for a range of national and international charities within the student market, they are also members of ABTA (Y6303) and their challenges are fully ATOL (10210) protected. This means that every aspect of your challenge is backed up by the Civil Aviation Authority from registration fees, to flights, to extension trips. By registering for a challenge with Choose a Challenge you can rest assured that they will make all of the necessary arrangements for your challenge to run as smoothly as possible whilst providing full financial protection for your peace of mind.