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Aspen Pumps begin their virtual worldwide mission

Aspen Pumps logoCompany Aspen Pumps recently launched a new exercise challenge for their staff worldwide whilst raising funds for CPAG.

Their mission is to walk, run, cycle or swim across the world from Aspen Inc to Aspen Australia and back! They will virtually cross America, the UK, Europe and Asia before finally ending up in Australia and then doing the same for the return. They started their mission on the 17th March and have 6 months to complete over 31,900 miles.

Good luck Team Aspen, and thank you for your support!


Homegrown plant sale raises £115 for CPAG
TomA big thank you to 10-year-old Tom who was inspired to fundraise for CPAG after watching a TV programme that featured child poverty in its storyline. Green-fingered Tom came up with the idea of holding a plant sale at his local school, with all proceeds towards our work fighting child poverty.
Tom said: "I felt so sad that some children don't have enough food. I thought I'd have a plant sale so I planted seeds and when the seedlings were big enough, I potted them. The plant sale was busy and I was able to talk confidently about the plants. People were happy to give whatever donation they could manage. When everything was sold, I had a huge smile on my face. I felt really proud that it had been so successful and I was able to contribute to a worthy cause."
He raised a brilliant £115.45, which could fund just over two hours of our nationwide advice line. Thank you so much Tom!
6 year old Ruby completes her half marathon challenge!


In March, 6-year-old Ruby asked to do something to help people who aren't as lucky as she is. After doing some research with her Mum, she chose CPAG and picked her challenge: running the distance of a half marathon throughout April. She finished on 1 May with a fantastic £477 raised. Ruby said:

“The running was fun but my legs got tired sometimes but I never gave up. I just kept running. I feel excited and happy that I raised so much money for children who need it.”

You are a star, Ruby, thank you so much!





Running, walking and crawling 14,500 miles 

OLM SystemsThe OLM Systems team are undertaking a massive company challenge throughout April and May for their 30th anniversary. Walking in the shoes of their customers, each team hopes to cover an eye-watering 1136 miles (14,500 total) whilst raising money for CPAG. 

Their fundraising activities include a recipe challenge, creative fruit carving, living on £5 for five days, and a quiz. So far, they've raised a fantastic £3,000 for our work fighting child poverty. A huge thank you to everyone at OLM, we are so grateful.

Check out their progress at: www.myvirtualmission.com/missions/107474/walk-in-the-shoes-of-our-customers


10 year old Tamaro tackles a 50km bike ride

Tamaro on his bike rideWe are inspired by one of our young fundraisers, Tamaro from East Lothian, who has raised £1,900 after completing a 50km bike ride at the weekend with his family.

Tamaro said: “At the end of last year I was thinking that I really wanted to help children affected by the Covid crisis. I knew that it had been a hard year for my family, but that it was much worse for many others. I find it sad to think that there are so many children living in poverty and I wanted to help. The ride went well and it had a couple of hard bits but I really enjoyed it. I’m really happy and I hope the money makes a difference.” Thank you Tamaro! You've done brilliantly.

Fitness event raises £6,300 for CPAG in Scotland's advice line
Chris Bradley Glasgow PT

We are incredibly grateful to Chris Bradley, owner of The Glasgow PT, for holding an event in November for the fitness community and donating 100% of ticket sales to CPAG. He was blown away by the numbers who signed up, resulting in him raising £6,300 for our work!

This staggering amount will go towards CPAG in Scotland's nationwide advice line, which last year helped over 23,000 people living in poverty or low income across Scotland. A huge thank you to Chris and everyone involved in the event. This will make a tremendous difference to our work in Scotland, and help ensure financial assistance reaches struggling families.


Spreading love this Valentine's Day
Summer with her Valentine's Day cards

7 year old Summer thinks it's unfair how so many children are living in poverty in the UK. So she decided to put her creative skills to good use and lovingly designed some Valentine's cards to raise money for Child Poverty Action Group.

She raised an incredible £734! A huge thank you to Summer from all of us, you are a star!






Swim bench cross-Channel challenge!


Taking on a mammoth challenge for CPAG is 14 year old Emily. Emily is competitive Para Swimmer and is attempting the equivalent of a double crossing of the English channel on a swim bench at home (42 miles or 68,752 metres).

She is already 32.5 miles down – and is hoping to finish by the end of March.

Please show your support for Emily by donating to her Facebook fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/3734549846658295/

Good luck Emily!





From London to Lapland!
Casarotto Ramsay logo

A very special thank you to the team at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates who ran, biked and walked a total of 3,250 kilometres to cover the distance between their office and Lapland throughout December. They raised a staggering £11,500 for CPAG.

We are simply blown away by their fundraising efforts!





Charity of the Year

MJP logo

We were delighted to be MJP Conveyancing’s charity of the year 2020! Their Christmas raffle featured some incredible prizes and raised £1,623 for CPAG. 

David Pett Director of MJP Conveyancing commented “The fact is child poverty very much exists in the UK and is continuing to increase. It's evident everywhere, in schools, the rise in demand on food banks, and the time has come to wake up to this reality and to do all that we can to help. I am keen to raise awareness not only within my business but the property industry as a whole. It was therefore a no brainer when it came to choosing a charity to support that the Child Poverty Action Group was at the top of the list."



Head shave for CPAG!


A big thank you to star fundraiser Beth who shaved her head to raise funds for CPAG. Beth, who works with children, was inspired after learning how many children are living in poverty in the UK. She has raised a tremendous £800 to support our work. Thank you Beth!



Spartan Half Marathon

Amy on the course 

A huge thank you to Amy Ertan who took on a Spartan half marathon in early October for CPAG. The epic challenge saw her wading through mud, lifting bags of concrete and scaling inverted walls.

With matched funding from her employer, Amy has raised £1,240!






Trekking 96 miles in 71 hours

Thomas and GaryIn June, Thomas and Gary from Greenock walked the entirety of the West Highland Way raising over £700 for CPAG. Starting their challenge at 11am on Sunday 9th June, they managed to complete the 96 mile-long walk in an incredible 71 hours finishing at 10am on Wednesday the 12th.

“The walk went well, we got quite lucky with the weather and had minimal contact with the dreaded midges. Our feet took quite a pounding though and by day 3 any downhill was really quite uncomfortable, which led to us running most of the way from the top of The Devil’s Staircase into Kinlochleven. Other than our feet we held up quite well and found climbing the hills a lot more comfortable. Unfortunately due to wind speed and cloud cover we didn’t attempt Ben Nevis which was a shame, but on the whole it was a strong effort!” Thank you both.


Marathon success

Louise at the finish lineA tremendous thank you to Louise Harris for running the London Marathon for CPAG last month. It was Louise’s first ever marathon and she beat her fundraising target to raise an amazing £510. Louise says:

“The marathon was the most incredible experience ever! I can honestly say I loved every moment. My training had been pretty much non-existent, however I completed it in 5 hours 43 minutes, which I was pretty impressed with! Better than that we have reached our target. I want you all to know it was an honour to run with your incredible charity on my vest. I have already applied for next year so we can do it all again!”






Over £6,000 raised by A2Dominion

CPAG and A2Dominion cheque presentationWe are delighted to be housing provider A2Dominion Group’s charity of the year. A2Dominion held its charity week in November which was jam-packed with staff activities, including a football tournament and cracker-eating challenge, and raised £6,629 for CPAG.

Executive Director Anne Waterhouse said: “We are very proud to have supported CPAG as our staff-voted Charity of the Year in 2018. Our annual Charity Week was a great success, and we hope the money we raised can help continue the good work they do.”

A huge thank you to everyone at A2Dominion for such an amazing fundraising effort! The money raised could fund around 130 hours of our free advice service.



Sponsored walk

College CPAG stallHuge thanks to Stephanie and friends who did a 5-mile sponsored walk for us in October. They received great support from local businesses who donated raffle prizes, and set up displays in their local college, GP surgeries, nurseries and shops to encourage more donations.

The group, who walked from Kirkcaldy to Burntisland, were inspired after learning about child poverty in college: “We decided to do this sponsored walk and raise funds for Child Poverty Action Group after lots of research on how this charity makes a huge change to kids in our country enabling them to have equal life opportunities and eradicate child poverty.”



Intrepid Ambassador

Jassa at the end of the West Highland WayA huge thank you to actor and CPAG ambassador Jassa Ahluwalia for taking on the challenging West Highland Way to raise a tremendous £2,670. Jassa completed the nearly 100-mile trek from Milngavie (north of Glasgow) to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands in 9 days. It was a tough week for Jassa, wild camping along the way and illness striking on day 4 but he persevered and also raised awareness of our work along the trail.

Thank you Jassa!







Swimming across the channel for CPAG!

Sea Gals group photo

We were thrilled to have six amazingly brave girls aged only 13 and 14 from East London swim the channel in July to raise funds for CPAG. They completed their swim successfully, and raised over £8,000.

Given the time they needed to spend training, we are hugely grateful to these inspirational young girls for putting so much effort into supporting our work. No doubt the hard work behind the scenes from their tireless parents have gone a long way to making this remarkable achievement possible .... we thank them all!


London Legal Walk raises £156

CPAG and A2Dominion walkers

Team CPAG including staff from A2Dominion who have chosen CPAG as their 2018 charity of the year.

It was an inspiring afternoon to walk alongside 13,000 others supporting legal advice charities in London.




£5 Breadline Challenge raises over £200

Anna food bill

A big thank you to Anna who lived on £5 worth of food for five days to raise funds for the most vulnerable. She said "After living in Glasgow for almost a year, in an area that poverty is a massive issue, this cause has become close to my heart. Most of us can’t imagine having to count the pennies every week in order to provide basic meals for our families, however for many families and children this is the case. We live in a privileged world of takeaways and food waste, and I believe it’s time to help those that are far less fortunate!"







Theatre fundraiser raises £172

Socks flyer

20 year old Kieton Saunders-Browne wrote and directed ‘Socks’ a thought provoking dystopian play about "those with and without what makes the world go round – money".   

The play ran for six nights and at the end of each evening Kieton spoke passionately about children growing up in poverty and urged the audience to make a contribution towards our work through the collection at the door. 

Thank you Kieton. We wish you all success for your future acting and directing endeavours.






James, you are a star!


We are so proud of James who used his 6th birthday party to raise £323 to help children less fortunate than him. James, you are an inspiration to all of us at CPAG and we wish you the best birthday ever!

Dad Matthew said “James is very passionate about 2 things... dinosaurs and helping others! At school James has learned about charity and understands that not all are as fortunate as his family. James is very much looking forward to his 6th birthday with 40+ friends where we have hired the local hall for entertainment and dancing. With Christmas and his birthday being close together and with all the amazing gifts and party to look forward to, James has chosen 2018 to make a difference for others. We are very proud of him”.





Dipping in freezing waters raises £1,800 for CPAG!

Dipathon Divas

A warm cheer of thanks to Karen and her fellow 'Dipathon Divas' who braved the cold waters of a loch, sea or river in Inverness-shire every day in December 2017 to raise money for CPAG.

“I chose to support CPAG because I grew up in a deprived area of Glasgow in the 70s. As a result, I am aware of the lasting legacy of poverty in childhood. This isn’t to say that we can’t overcome the negative impact that poverty can have on education, mental and physical health, confidence, self-esteem and employment opportunities, but it is more challenging. I would like to see families in hardship being given more support, so that they have the best chance of meeting these challenges”.


Santa run and raffle bring Christmas cheer!


A big thank you to Amelia who has already raised over £320 by taking part in the Exeter Santa Run. With help from her gym, Energie Fitness Exeter, Amelia is hoping to raise even more over the Christmas season to help UK’s poorest. “This is a time of year for children to celebrate, not to feel longing for basic things we take for granted. I really hope that the money I've raised will bring some cheer to those children this Christmas”.








Swimming upstream for CPAG!


We are very grateful to Joy for undertaking the Oxford Classic Mile Swim and raising £230 for CPAG. Training three days a week in the cold river wasn’t easy but Joy was so angered by child poverty that she was determined to support our work. “For a time I lived in poverty. That time was 1984-85 during the miner’s strike. My family lived off food parcels and my mam cried with the cold. My dad tried to burn the privet to make hot water! It was s**t and we all felt like a piece of it too. We were lucky, it ended. The impact lasts a lifetime with terrible effects on physical and mental health. There are no simple answers but we can help give every child a good start”.


Thank you to our British 10K runners!





Six runners undertook this year’s iconic British 10K in support of CPAG – a big thank you for raising a combined £1326. From all accounts it was an enjoyable day of running on a very hot London day!







London Legal Walk raises £772

Group of CPAG supporters after the London Legal Walk 2017

Thank you to all our wonderful walkers for representing CPAG this year. The warm sunny afternoon attracted over 12,000 people who walked in support of free legal advice charities in London and the South East. 

It was also great to meet Judge Rinder and hear that he is a supporter of our work! 

Thank you to all of you who sponsored our team.





Poetry for Poverty at Rodborough School

Group of school students raising funds for CPAG

Rodborough School held an evening of poetry in aid of our work which saw 16 performances ranging from Daffodils by William Wordsworth to a collection of entertaining Scottish street rhymes. 

It was a fantastic evening with performances from students, staff and the ‘Speech Painter’ Geoff Allnutt who performed a number of his tongue twisting fast paced poems and also judged the event. 

Thank you from all of us to Evelyn and the Senior Six team for the enthusiasm and effort put in throughout this academic year to raise an amazing £1,800 for CPAG!


Alastair runs for CPAG again!

CPAG supporter running Manchester half marathon in colour

A big thank you to Alastair who has raised an awesome £750 by running the Manchester Half Marathon. It was wonderful to have Alastair running for us again having raised money for us last year while running the Brussels Half Marathon.

“Such a pleasure to run for CPAG. Unfortunately it rained from the moment the starting gun sounded at Old Trafford and continued for the first hour of the course. But being a Manchester lad myself, it wasn't enough to dampen my spirits. There was great support from family and locals, with plenty of bands and choirs offering encouragement, and I managed to get a personal best time which I'm very pleased with!”






Skydivers raise £470

CPAG supporters preparing to skydive in colour

A big thank you to four brave ladies who set out with a mixture of excitement and trepidation to do a Tandem Skydive at 13,000 feet in support of our work. Due to the weather on the day, only Renja & Claire were able to complete the dive but they had the most amazing experience and said they would like to do it again! So looks like they will be joining Laura and Jacqui who plan to try again next year.

Thank you very much ladies … we love that you got a plane to match your CPAG t-shirts!




Trafford Housing Trust supports CPAG yet again!

Trafford Housing Trust supporters doing the Filthy Girl Mud Run

The Filthy Girls from Trafford Housing Trust did CPAG proud by running, jumping, crawling and sliding their way through extreme conditions in the Filthy Girl Mud Run to raise £165 in support of our work. A big thank you to the 13 ladies who took part!
“The lure of the promised 'prosecco tent' and 'pop-up nail bar' definitely helped with our endurance through the mud and obstacles! Lots of emotion – tears and laughter but we all completed the course and have the bruises to prove it.”


A sweet £300!

CPAG supporter selling cakes

Doubra’s delicious cakes were a huge success raising £300 towards our work – a big thank you from us all. Doubra is thrilled that her cake sale and raffle tickets were such a success – and so are we!

Doubra had a lot of fun fundraising for CPAG and said “I chose CPAG because I knew I wanted to help young children and people in poverty but I wanted to make sure that I would be able to see how people benefited from the money I raised. My motivation was knowing that I will be helping those who are in need and doing something that was for a good cause. While making the presentation I realised a lot facts, people in the UK are oblivious that poverty actually takes place here and it's not just in the third world countries. Many came to the stand and mentioned how they were unaware that poverty actually occurs here”.





Paris Marathon raises £1,120

CPAG supporter after the Paris Marathon

Huge thanks to Stuart Tolmie for training right though the cold winter months to run in the Paris Marathon in April this year for CPAG. It was Stuart’s first ever marathon and he smashed his fundraising target to raise an amazing £1,120 which will have a most meaningful impact on the children and families we support.

Stuart explained why he was moved to help CPAG: “I felt real sadness and concern when I found out statistics of child poverty in UK and having a son myself now, feel all children should be given a fair chance in life, which CPAG helps provide. Child poverty statistics in the UK are alarmingly on the rise with 1 in 4 children in the UK affected by poverty. I feel the role that CPAG have is very important to those that need help. In the UK 27% of the child population live in poverty.”





Tough Mudder raises £475

Tough Mudder contestant

A big thank you to the very muddy team from Trafford Housing Trust for testing their physical strength and mental grit in extreme mud and freezing cold ice in support of our work. The Tough Mudder course is all about teamwork and comraderie as there isn’t a winner but instead everyone helps each other to complete the gruelling course. The amazing £475 raised by the team will be a great help to the children and families we support.

“Earlier this year the team at Trafford Housing Trust all voted to decide the charities we would support this year. Twenty of us decided to take on the Tough Mudder challenge and after navigating 11 miles of every kind of mud imaginable and 24 obstacles, we are proud to have raised £475 for this fantastic cause.”


Running to raise over £5,000 for CPAG

British 10k runners 2015

It was during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games that Julia Henderson, her husband and their good friend, Rosemary McGinness, were inspired to do something to address child poverty in the UK. They began the process of choosing which charity to support and their target was to raise at least £5,000.

“We chose CPAG because we liked their approach of lobbying government to address the often unseen issue of child poverty in the UK.

“We decided to take part in the British London 10K Run because we were aware of how well it was organised and the fantastic atmosphere it created, as over 20,000 runners of all shapes and sizes took to the streets of London. We convinced 17 other friends and family to join us and our team of 20 was complete. Our aim was to bring a group of like-minded individuals together to have some fun, get a bit fitter but above all to raise more awareness of the poverty situation in the UK and to raise some funds for CPAG.

“Currently we have raised £4,740 and with a pub quiz taking place in the autumn and other individual events planned; it’s fair to say we are hopeful of over achieving against our original target of £5,000!”

Thank you Julia and the team! Many thanks too, to all the generous people who have supported the team’s amazing efforts.


Michael Hall School raises over £600, with a twist

Michael Hall School students acting

The Class 8 students at Michael Hall School in East Sussex raised an amazing £605 for CPAG through donations received at their production of Oliver Twist. Not only did the children stage a most successful show, they also explored the background and conditions that lead to deprivation and child poverty. The fourteen year olds were so moved by the relevance the play still has in today’s society that they opted to donate the takings to help less fortunate children in the UK instead of using it towards their school trip.

Thank you – you are all stars!