The Covid-19 pandemic has been catastrophic for the children and young people we support.

Not only are the vulnerable disproportionately affected, the lockdown meant that all our fundraising events this year have been cancelled. This has had a dramatic effect on our income, and our ability to help the children and young people who rely on our services.

By taking on Challenge 1739, you’ll help a generation of children who need us now more than ever. 

What is Challenge 1739?

Challenge 1739 is a fundraising event that you can really make your own. As the UK’s oldest children’s charity founded in 1739, we’re asking you to take inspiration from this special date to create your own challenge at home or outside on your own or with family and friends – following government guidelines and social distancing of course. We want you to take something personal to us, and make it personal to you!

You have the whole month of October to complete your challenge: you could Cycle 1,739km, walk for 1,739 minutes, complete 1,739 reps of any exercise, raise £1,739, or anything else! Anyone and everyone of all ages and abilities can get involved. Just get creative and have fun!

There's no sign up fee, no fundraising target - just raise as much as you can!

Get fit, have fun – and be a champion for children this October!


Why we need your support

Did you know that 78,000 children are in care in England*?

We work with these young people every day to improve their life chances, but we can’t do this without your help.

Coram helps the most vulnerable children in the UK. We work with more than a million children, young people, professionals and families every year.

The funds you raise – big or small – will help support those children affected by the pandemic, which continues to disrupt their wellbeing, rights and life chances. 

So this October, dust off your trainers to walk or run, jump on your bike or put an exercise plan together to help you get fit. Whatever challenge you take on and money you raise, you will help improve the lives of children and young people across the country. 

Don't forget to tag #Challenge1739 on social media to share your challenge ideas and progress!

* Latest figures, DfE, March 2019.


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