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Fundraising events A total of 57 runners and cyclists took part in challenges including the London Landmarks Half Marathon, Ride London and London Marathon, raising over £100,000. Three intrepid cyclists – Dom Millar, Graham Salisbury and James Findlater – cycled 5,000km around the UK in 29 days as part of their epic 100 Climbs Challenge, raising over £12,000. Coram’s Christmas Celebration, hosted by James O’Brien and featuring readings from Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Pip Torrens, with music from the Trevor-Roberts School choir, raised over £9,000. Coram’s 22nd Handel Birthday Concert raised over £20,000 and featured British tenor Mark Padmore, St Anne’s School Gospel Choir, Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Choristers of the Temple Church, celebrating the work of Pastor Smith.

Sheila’s Fund The Smith family has agreed to allocate money from Sheila’s Fund, set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, to support CLE’s work in the nearby community. The Fund has enabled us to extend our immigration law outreach work to west London. Individual Giving Charter Patrons’ support raised a record £247,000. People remembering Coram in their will, with legacies ranging from £200 to £150,000, raised £267,000. Donations received from kind individuals totalled over £428,000.

“I have remembered Coram in my will. It wasn’t until after my father’s death that I discovered he’d been a Foundling Hospital pupil. Now that I know Coram’s history and how vital they are for vulnerable children, I am proud to leave them a legacy.”

Trusts and Foundations The Paul Hamlyn Foundation gifted the largest donation in our history, creating the Hamlyn Endowment for the Rights and Voice of Children. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation continues its support, with new grants towards the Coram Centre for Impact and the New Belongings project. We are grateful to our many new and returning funders including the Hadley Trust, the Pears Foundation, The Queen’s Trust and new donors the Henry Smith Charity, the Baring Foundation and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, among dozens of other new friends and supporters. There are many ways you can support Coram. To make a donation or to find out more, please contact

Richard, Coram supporter

Marathon milestone

“We were approved as adoptive parents and a few months later we welcomed a little girl into our family. It’s been the most amazing five years and we’ve been hugely supported by Coram. I feel really good to have run the Marathon and if anyone is thinking about it, I’d say ‘do it, do it, do it!’”  hris, Coram adopter and 2019 C London Marathon runner

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