Celebrities on Coram's pledge wall

Published: Monday 19th May 2014

Vivienne Westwood is the latest celebrity to support Coram in our 275th anniversary as a children’s charity

Vivienne joins BRIT award-nominated rockers, The Feeling, celebrated children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, and pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor who have also pledged to help stand up for vulnerable children.

Vivienne’s pledge reads: “I’ve seen the difference that adoption can make in people’s lives. I met a child called Cladys during a visit to see the Ashaninka people in Peru. Her mother had left her behind when she went to live with a man from another tribe, but a woman from her tribe took her in and adopted her. She is so happy, very capable and usually with her adoptive sister.”

Read the full pledge on Coram’s anniversary supporter wall and add your own message here: http://pledge.coram.org.uk/

Coram was founded 275 years ago by Thomas Coram, a sea captain who returned to London from abroad and was appalled to see babies being left to die on the city’s streets.

Coram petitioned the King to grant him a Royal Charter and create the country’s first children’s charity. Known as the Foundling Hospital, the charity provided refuge and support and changed the lives of thousands of children.

275 years on, Coram continues as a leading charity helping a million children every year, but not enough has changed for the country’s most vulnerable boys and girls.

To help today’s ‘invisible’ children, just as Thomas Coram did 275 years ago, we have launched an online supporter pledge campaign which nearly 400 supporters have already put their names to.  

Coram’s celebrity friends including Peter Capaldi and Richard E Grant have also come forward to help stand up for children – will you join them and make your pledge now?

Today, Coram continues to fight for vulnerable children and young people, as our work across the Coram charity group reflects. 
Our pledge campaign is helping to spread the word about our work and allow us continue to make a change for children and young people that lasts a lifetime.

By adding your name to the Coram pledge wall today and by encouraging your contacts, family and friends to do the same you can help us do so much more for children badly needing our support.

So please visit our pledge wall today - it only takes a minute to add your name - and a photo and short comment if you wish.
Once you’ve joined us, please spread the word by sending on an email to all your contacts, and sharing on Facebook and Twitter, so that many more people do the same.

While you are there, you can find out why Peter Capaldi is lending his support to our campaign and read some of the moving accounts from some of the families and young people Coram helps.

Dr Carol Homden CBE, Coram's Chief Executive, said: "Thomas Coram was an inspirational man and, just as he did 275 years ago, we hope you will be inspired to stand up for today's invisible children, so that together we can help make the world a better place for children and young people. Please join hundreds of others who believe in better chances for children and add your name to Coram's pledge wall today."

Useful links

More about our 275 anniversary  The children of the Foundling Hospital How you can support Coram