EEF / Sunday Times Christmas Appeal 2019
The 2019 Sunday Times' Christmas charity appeal, in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), aimed to help families in some of the poorest communities in Britain at the time they need it the most.
The appeal’s aim was to ensure their local school could stay open, providing food and a safe place to play throughout the holidays, as well as a host of educational day trips and activities that could support their learning.
The communities featured in the appeal include:
- Blackpool (24 Nov 2019): 'The schools and teachers providing a lifeline to Britain’s poorest families — and how you can help'
- Worthing (1 Dec): 'The love and care make every child feel valued, but then term ends'
- Stoke-on-Trent (8 Dec): 'More school is music to Thomas’s ears'
- Norwich (15 Dec): 'Through unstinting love and attention, a Norwich primary turns some of our most deprived kids into shining stars'
- Taunton (22 Dec): 'Father Christmas may not deliver this year, but their school will'
In a brief video - watch it here - Stephen Tierney, executive head at our Blackpool Research School, shares how this money is starting to reach the frontline. The Sunday Times also published follow-up articles on how the donations received are beginning to make a difference to the lives of young people:
- Jake wished for a roast dinner. You gave him that — and so much more (29 Dec)
- Join us in one last push to raise £1m for the children who have nothing (5 Jan 2020)
With over £1 million donated, further activities took place throughout 2020.
Sir Kevan Collins, the EEF’s then chief executive, commented:
“For too many children in the poorest parts of our country, school holidays are endured not enjoyed. That cannot be right.
“I’m really pleased that The Sunday Times’ Christmas appeal is offering an opportunity for its readers to make a practical difference to these young people’s lives. This is an incredibly worthwhile initiative and we are delighted to support it.
“Every pound donated will be distributed by the EEF to fund schools putting on holiday activities for children in disadvantaged areas of the country.
“Our mission is to break the link between family income and educational achievement. As well as offering practical advice, the EEF will look at ways we can evaluate the impact of the work that takes place to gain wider learning that can be applied in the future.
“The EEF is already working with our national network of Research Schools, including in Blackpool and other areas with disadvantage, to ensure that schools across the country can access the evidence-based resources and training they need to boost learning for their pupils.”