Saddened by the sheer volume of children we encountered who had never celebrated a birthday, in 2013 we set up our Spread Some Sunshine Birthday Club – a scheme that allows sponsors to send a birthday gift to a child in need. We started small, providing just 16 birthday gifts that year; today we are proud to provide gifts to over a thousand vulnerable children in the UK, South Africa, India and Ghana every year. This simple gesture not only brings instant joy to a child, it boosts their self esteem and makes them feel valued.
We believe that simple gestures can have big impacts. We send Christmas presents and advent calendars to children in the UK spending the festive period in hospitals, hospices and refuges. We also send Christmas Pyjamas to children living in orphanages so they can have a fun-filled, excitable Christmas Eve.
We have learnt that kids love of chocolate is universal! We provide Easter eggs and sweet treats to children living in informal settlements or extremely impoverished areas and love seeing photos of their beaming faces.
Days out and weekends away
We arrange days out for children living in UK safe houses who have been trafficked or are fleeing domestic violence. We believe in helping them to feel like kids again and creating new, positive memories. We also arrange mobile pantomime troops, face painting, pizzas nights and pamper days for children in hospices, as well as activity weekends for their siblings.
In 2016 we built our very own Sunshine Home in India – a safe house for vulnerable, HIV positive women who have been abused, ostracised, widowed or abandoned. Due to the simple medication we can provide HIV positive mothers during their pregnancy and birth, our first baby, Rebecca, was born HIV free in March 2016. We continue funding food, lodging and electricity to the home on a monthly basis and proudly support the 12 women who live there.
For 6 consecutive years we have funded Colour Therapy sessions for children with acquired brain injuries at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. These hands-on sessions use light and music to aid rehabilitation and have proven to be both enjoyable and successful.