Which is the best Children’s Charity to donate to?

Children’s charities in the UK operate for a variety of worthwhile causes. This can range from financial support, education, shelter, to food and healthcare services. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to know exactly where your money is going and how it will benefit the children that need it. When considering which charity to donate to, it can be helpful to think about causes close to your heart. Perhaps you may have personal experience of a charity, or a close family or friend has been touched by a particular organisation. Or maybe you feel passionately about a specific issue and want to support a charity that deals with this. Choosing a charity that has a personal interest to you can help connect you with the cause and help motivate supporters to get involved.

The number of seriously ill children in England has trebled over the last 17 years and is continuing to rise. Thousands of families must face the very real possibility that their child may die and struggle to cope on a day-to-day basis. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life-threatening or terminal illness. The service Rainbow Trust provides is available at no cost to families.

With the generosity of our supporters, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity has been supporting families with seriously or terminally ill children for 35 years.

What Rainbow Trust does

Being told that your child is so seriously ill that they might die is one of the most traumatic experiences a parent can go through. We understand how devastating this news is, not just for the child but for the whole family. Life is shattered into a million pieces and will never be the same again. Dealing with everyday practicalities and supporting each other can be completely overwhelming both practically and emotionally.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity pairs each family with an expert Family Support Worker who enables them to make the most of their time together, giving them practical and emotional support whenever they need it, for as long as is needed.

Support is hugely varied and depends on the needs of each individual family but can include: listening to a family’s fears and anxieties, helping to explain illnesses, diagnosis, and treatments, keeping a seriously ill child company during hospital stays, driving families to medical appointments, and support through bereavement and grief. We support the whole family including parents, carers, the unwell child, brothers, sisters, and grandparents.

How your donation to a children's charity helps

Your donations large and small ensure that seriously ill children and their families get the support they need. In 2022, for every pound we spent on fundraising, we turned it into £5.30, going directly towards helping the families we support.

For example:

  • As little as £10 could make the world of difference to a family struggling to cope with the death of their child by providing a memory box for a bereaved family.
  • £30 would pay for an hour’s practical and emotional support for a family caring for a seriously ill child, helping them make the most of their precious time together.
  • £60 could provide bereavement support to help a family cope with the death of a child. £105 would provide half a day of support to a frightened and confused sibling of a seriously ill child.
  • £1,780 is the average cost of support for a family with a seriously ill child for a year.
  • £44,500 will pay for a Family Support Worker for a year to support up to 25 families at any one time depending on the child’s condition.

These figures give an indication of how your donation, big and small, can change the lives of families caring for a seriously ill child.

Your donation is vital to the families we support. There are currently an estimated 86, 625 children in England with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. In 2022, we were able to provide in-depth support to 1,126 families. But more families need our help. Your donation could be the difference between a family getting the help they need or continuing to struggle without our support and care.

How to donate to Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Donating to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity couldn’t be easier. Our website has an easy to navigate page where you can make a regular donation, a single donation, sponsor a Family Support Worker, or find out other ways to pay. We also accept donations over the phone, by post or through our social media accounts.

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£5 could provide bereavement support to help a family cope with the death of a child.

Become a regular donator to a children's charity

Regular givers are vital because they help a children’s charity to provide more sustained support to the families that need it. By choosing to become a regular donator to a children’s charity, you help us to make plans for the future and make a long-term impact upon the children we support. £10 a month equates to just 34p a day, which can make a world of difference to a family struggling to care for their seriously ill child. Regular givers also allow us to invest in bigger projects and to expand our services in new and exciting ways. It also means regular givers can spread the cost of their gift over the course of a year and therefore may find it easier to budget accordingly. Consider becoming a regular giver to a children’s charity to be a part of long-term change.

Leave a gift in your will to a children’s charity

Most of us can say that we have been touched by a charity at some point in our lives. Whether this is a medical charity, mental health service, sports organisation, children’s charity, or animal welfare. To ensure these vital organisations can keep functioning, they must rely on the generosity of the general public to sustain them. One of the best ways to support a charity and ensure they can continue you the great work they do, is to leave a Gift in your Will. This is a brilliant way to say thank you for all the lives they positively impact.

Many charities rely on the kindness of donations from the public, and this includes Gifts in Wills. At Rainbow Trust, we receive less than 1.5% statutory funding and rely on voluntary donations, including Gifts in Wills.

Leaving a Gift in your Will is a brilliant way to leave a legacy, and ensure your money is being used for good after you no longer need it. Anything you leave to charity is free of Inheritance Tax, which will accordingly cut down the Inheritance Tax due on your estate, while also making a difference to a worthwhile cause. Leaving a Gift in your Will can also help remember a loved one, ensuring their memory lives on.

If you’d like to learn more about leaving a gift in your will, you can request a free copy of our Gifts in Wills Guide on our website.

Request a free copy of our Gifts in Wills Guide

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