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The Foundling Hospital ceases to exist when all boarding pupils leave The Thomas Coram School. By this time more than 27,000 children have benefited from the Hospital’s pioneering care.
The School is renamed Ashlyn’s School, and the Hospital becomes known as The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. It plays a pioneering role in fostering, adoption, early years provision and parenting programmes over the next half century.
Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit Coram to celebrate its 270th birthday.
Coram extends its support to children by acquiring children’s charity Life Education. It calls this new area of expertise Coram Life Education.
Hetty Feather, a novel by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, is published, relaying the story of a young girl’s experience of being brought up by the Foundling Hospital from a tender age.
Coram acts every day to support the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and families.
Coram works with more than 44,000 children and parents every year. Coram Children’s Legal Centre offers specialist advice to thousands more, and Coram Life Education provides health and drug education to a further 800,000 school children.
Our pioneering approach and range of services – including adoption, creative therapies and supported housing for care leavers – help children and young people to find stability, love and self worth.
We champion what matters most for children, creating better chances, and a brighter, happier future .
Coram's mission is to develop, deliver and promote best practice in the care of vulnerable children, young people and their families. We build resilience in children and young people, enabling them to take responsibility for their lives and fulfil their potential.
Founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a philanthropist who wanted to provide care for children left dying on London’s streets, Coram is one of the UK's first children’s charities. Our pioneering work attracted some historically significant patrons including the artist William Hogarth and composer George Frideric Handel. Find out more about our heritage.
Today, we continue to rely on the support of generous benefactors to ensure we can:
Our work makes makes a real difference to children. For example: