Where does the money go?

The Children’s Health Fund is beginning to create real, lasting change to the lives of children around the United Kingdom. None of this would have been possible without the amazing support of our partner restaurants that have voluntarily adopted a 10p sugary drinks levy and donated the money raised into our fund.

Funds are distributed in two themed funding rounds each year; the first round was on the theme of drinking water, and the second on holiday food provision.

To give an idea of what we’ve managed to achieve together since September 2015:

  • £50,000 awarded via the Water Fountain Fund (see recipients below)
  • £54,000 awarded via the Holiday Food Fund (see recipients below)
  • £60,000 awarded via strategic grants (see below)
  • 47 (including water works projects) projects in all 12 regions in the UK supported

Award winners from the Water Works Fund

  • Oasis Community Church, Centre and Gardens, East Midlands
  • Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust, East of England
  • Inspiring Audio, London
  • Inspiring Grace, North West
  • Cloughmills Community Action Team, Northern Ireland
  • Saheliya, Scotland
  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Wales
  • YMCA Fairthorne Group, South East

The award winners from our Holiday Food Provision Fund

  • Edlington Community Organisation
  • EMS Ltd
  • Food Portsmouth
  • Greenwich Cooperative Development Association
  • KilCooley Womens Centre
  • Level Trust
  • Mandeville Primary School
  • Play Torbay
  • Redeeming Our Communities (ROC)
  • Simply Limitless Wellbeing Centre
  • Somerville Youth and Play Provision
  • The Wiggly Worm
  • Wigan and Leigh Homes

The award winners from our Water Fountain Fund

  • Adlington Primary School
  • Bryn Hafren Primary School
  • Chancellor’s School
  • Church Langton CE (Aided) Primary School
  • Complete Kidz Community Interest Company
  • Coryton Primary School
  • Court Lane Infant School
  • Eagles Community Foundation
  • East Dulwich Estate Regeneration Project Team
  • ESSA Water Activities Centre
  • Friends of Parc Williams
  • FSN Charity
  • Hackney BMX Club
  • Irwell Valley Housing Association LTD
  • Lewes District Council
  • North Smethwick Development Trust
  • Old Oak Community & Children’s Centre
  • Orangebox Young People’s Centre
  • Pennine Lancashire Community Farm
  • Rivington and Blackrod High School
  • Saint Gilbert’s RC Primary School
  • Special Olympics Sandwell
  • St Peter & St Paul CE Academy
  • The Waid Academy
  • Westfield Infant School
  • Ysgol Dyffrn Ogwen

Strategic grants


Featured Projects

Special Olympics Sandwell, West Midlands

Special Olympics Sandwell offers young people with learning disabilities sporting opportunities through training and competitions, encouraging sporting skills and leading to improved health.  People with learning disabilities are 2.5 times more likely to have health problems than other people. Many of the young people are from deprived backgrounds and do not appreciate the disadvantages of sugary drinks, which may have a comfort value for them.

The Children’s Health Fund grant is enabling Special Olympics Sandwell to provide its young people with their own water bottle to refill with drinking water. It will also pay for an education programme around tap water.

Court Lane Infant School, Portsmouth

A Children’s Health Fund grant is enabling Court Lane Infant School to replace its water fountains, which are over 20 years old. One fountain which is currently too high on the wall will be lowered to make it more accessible, a new fountain will be installed in the Reception children’s playground, and an additional inside fountain will supplement the single existing one that is currently used by 360 children. The school want to encourage the children to form good drinking habits from an early age, and the visibility and availability of water fountains around the school will help them to do this.

Eagles Community Foundation, Newcastle

The Eagles Community Foundation works with young people across Tyne and Wear and South East Northumberland. The foundation has no core funding but has established a network of junior basketball clubs across the region with approximately 1500 young people in weekly sessions.

The Children’s Health Fund grant will pay for a tap water hydration programme within all Eagles junior clubs and leagues targeting approximately 1500 young people and their families. The funding will also provide an opportunity for a survey of all existing club bases on access to safe drinking water, including schools and sports facilities across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear.

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