Climbie charity put back on course to build African school

On the fourth anniversary of the death of Victoria Climbie, the charity established in her name is confident that its fortunes have turned around and that it will be able to raise the money to build a school in her memory in the Ivory Coast.

Early efforts by the Victoria Climbie Charitable Trust to raise £150,000 to cover the cost of building and running the school for the first five years proved disappointing, despite £2,500 donations from both The Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror (Third Sector, 15 October 2003).

But after hearing of the charity's plight, a professional fundraiser stepped in, and the trust's future is now looking more secure. The trust has already been chosen as Hammersmith College's charity of the year, and the National Union of Teachers is urging its branches to support the cause.

"Children's Minister Margaret Hodge has pledged £10,000 and we are now about one-third of the way towards our target," said trustee Caroline Ingram. It is also awaiting decisions on applications for £100,000 to the Department for International Development and National Lottery funds.

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