WESTLAB HERO: CORAM CHILDREN'S CHARITY
Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity, is our September Westlab Hero. The charity was set up by Thomas Coram in 1739, who was appalled by the maltreatment and neglect of children he saw on the streets of London. Ever since then, Coram has provided better chances for children by engaging them in creative therapies to overcome trauma and distress. We are pleased to say we donate Epsom salt to Coram, and we would like to put the incredible work they do in the spotlight.
“Thank you for everything. You have been there for me when everything started to go upside down…you reassured me and showed me that you cared. You have seen me through to the other side.”
A child in care
Coram supports over one million of the country’s most vulnerable people, from birth to independence. They run the largest adoption agency in the UK as well as creative therapy centres, which both create a lifetime of difference for children, young people and families at risk. The social crisis that Thomas Coram saw in 1739 still exists to some extent today: many children await the security of a permanent family, while other children’s rights are ignored and, as a result, many young people have nowhere safe to call a home.
Some of the charity’s highlights last year included:
- A production of Pericles at the National Theatre – the cast of which included several members of Coram’s Young People programmes.
- Over £80,000 was raised by Coram’s runners at the Virgin Money London Marathon.
- Club Peloton trustees and friends commenced their epic challenge to cycle the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, in a single ride, kindly raising money for Coram’s work.
If you would like to find out more about Coram, please visit their website https://www.coram.org.uk/
For more details of their Challenge Events, please visit https://www.coram.org.uk/support-what-we-do/challenge-events