Every year, more than 30,000 young people enter the care system. Going into care is often frightening and disorientating, leaving children unsure of who they can trust and where they can turn for love and support.
On many occasions, children may enter care with a couple of plastic bags which contain basic clothing and essentials such as a toothbrush; practical things that do nothing for the child's mental wellbeing or sense of security.
Ted's Light is a non-profit Community Interest Company, created in the memory of a little boy who loved, lived and will be forever remembered and missed.
Hugging a teddy bear can make all the difference when you feel alone, and we want to make sure all children entering care have their very own to cuddle. Soft, plush and just the right size, our Teds are great huggers! For children over 3 years old, Ted also comes with a small, portable night light, to help the child feel a bit less scared in their new room at night.
We may be young but we're already touching lives
We've successfully conducted a pilot programme with one of the country's leading groups of specialist organisations that helps more than a million children, young people, professionals and families every year, with 85 Teds taking their lights to new homes with children in the South East.
Now, with your help, we want to take our Teds national!
We are working hard to build contacts with local authorities and social workers around the country and our model is simple; they let us know how many Teds and lights they need for their area and we mobilise our national Teddy Express to deliver them as soon as possible!
How can you help?
The statistics are scary, and the global Covid-19 pandemic has made the need even more urgent. Our goals are bold and ambitious. We want to be able to provide a little love and support to every child entering care and for that we need funds.
Our model is simple: every £15 donation allows us to supply one Ted+Light care package to a child who is going through one of the most difficult experiences of their young life, helping them feel less alone and less afraid in unfamiliar surroundings.
The greater the donation, the greater our negotiating power with our suppliers and the more care packages we can offer to local authorities so they are ready and waiting when children need them. By our maths, £1,500 will help 100 children feel loved but £15,000 may help more than 1000+ children... you get the picture!
Every single penny gets us closer to our goal so whether you can give a gift today or commit to a regular donation, your generous support will help us give children more than the bare necessities in a black bin bag when their lives are turned upside down; we can give them love and light.