Help our real-life heros

A children’s charity is appealing for local businesses to come to its’ aid after suffering from funding cuts last year, writes Hannah Skellern.

Kids’ City is asking local businesses to urgently support their holiday club, which cares for up to 500 local children aged between 3 and 11 over the summer break.  

Andrew Garfield visited the kids earlier this year clad in his spiderman costume

Andrew Garfield visited the kids earlier this year clad in his spiderman costume

The charity, described by supporter and Spider-man star Andrew Garfield as ‘real-life superheroes’, offers heavily subsidised after school and holiday clubs – but recent cuts in government funding mean Kids’ City has had to scale back on free places.

Though Kids’ City is asked to provide emergency free care to around 300 children a year, the charity can now afford to help just 80 of them.

Jackie Nunns, CEO of Kids’ City said the children that have been hit the hardest by the cuts are the ones who are in need of the most support.

“The economic crisis has lead to inevitable cuts in funding,” she said.

“For Kids’ City sadly this means our most vulnerable children have been affected; those who need to access our free places because of family crisis, illness and crime prevention amongst other things.

“We urgently need support from local businesses and our neighbours so that we can continue to support local children.”

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The charity is supported by actor Andrew Garfield who, clad in his Spider-man gear, dropped in to meet the children at the Kids’ City club at Jubilee school in Tulse Hill back in April.

He said: “Kids’ City are real-life superheroes. But, this very special charity needs our help so that they can continue inspiring our next generation of good citizens.”

Local businesses can help by getting involved in fundraising or making a donation to: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/kidscity. Every £100 will sponsor a child’s place at a club for the summer.