You are the Champions!

88 donors have helped LYC to beat its 2021 Champions for Children appeal target, raising a grand total of £50,162.

15 June 2021

All of the money raised will go towards keeping membership accessible and affordable to all young Londoners, regardless of their financial circumstances. This includes membership fee subsidies and financial assistance (bursaries), help with travel expenses to weekly choir practices, concert tickets for families, and weekly staffing support including dedicated pastoral care teams.

The appeal was generously supported by match donors The Childhood Trust and China Construction Bank, who provided £22,500 of match funding to be unlocked by the individual donors. Of the 88 individuals who donated, 25% had not donated to LYC before. 

LYC Artistic Director Rachel Staunton said:

“Witnessing the generosity of so many individuals towards LYC is humbling. Knowing first hand the needs that many of our members face, it fills me with great joy that we can go the extra mile in supporting them in this next chapter. This match funding campaign demonstrates the power of collaboration, and the impact on the young people is all the more powerful for it. Thank you to everyone for your support.”

To celebrate the appeal’s success, LYC have released a virtual choir performance of the song ‘Hope for a Better Tomorrow’ by musician and educator Ruth Dale, sung by members of the combined LYC junior choirs.


The Champions for Children appeal is an annual fundraising event organised by The Childhood Trust in support of charities working with disadvantaged children and young people in London. This year’s appeal closing date has been extended due to popular demand, meaning that LYC’s appeal is still open for donations until Tuesday 22 June.

Please note that as LYC has reached its target all match funding has been used and so any further donations made until 22 June will not be matched, although eligible donors will still be able to apply Gift Aid. If you would still like to donate to the extended appeal, please click here.

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