What we do
Last year The Children's Foundation directly helped, involved or affected the lives of 29,000 children across the North East. The Children’s Foundation supports and manages projects across a broad spectrum of activities, particularly those that deal with some of the more difficult areas of children’s and young people’s problems – such as disability, disadvantage and mental health issues.
We support these projects because:
- We know that two million children in the UK will have an accident over the next twelve months, with one million of these accidents happening at home.
- Around half of all children under one year old will visit A&E and over one third of these will be admitted to hospital.
- We know that 240 of these accidents to children will be so severe that they will result in death; and thousands more will leave the children involved disfigured or disabled.
- Around 700,000 people may have autism, or more than 1 in 100 in the population.
- In the central nervous system the brain releases endorphins when we laugh. Endorphins raise our pain threshold & induce euphoria.
- It is thought that around 10% of young people may try and hurt themselves on purpose at some point but the figure could be much higher.
- Around 90% of young people treated for self-harm in A&E will have taken an overdose, and yet the most preferred method of harming is to cut.
- A national mental health charity says that introducing just five people to gardening as a therapy could save the state £35,000 a year in costs for medication, Job Seekers’ Allowance and healthcare – imagine the difference this can make to children of the North East suffering mental health problems at a young age.
We help the children that other charities don’t always reach - disadvantaged, disabled and distressed. Donating £5 can help some of the most vulnerable children in our region…
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