The international children’s charity Hope for Children has had its best-ever fundraising appeal thanks in part to almost a quarter of a million pounds of government match-funding.
The charity said its Head Held High appeal had raised more than £500,000, including £242,000 of match-funding, beating its previous fundraising high of £440,000, raised by an appeal after the 2004 Asian tsunami.
Funds raised through the appeal will be used to help at least 1,500 children living in poverty in Africa to access quality education, the charity said, through activities including the provision of school books and uniforms for students, and teacher-training programmes in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
The amount was raised through activities including direct response to an appeal from new and existing supporters, peer-to-peer fundraising by local and corporate supporters, and fundraising events including its annual gala ball in London, which raised more than £81,000.
The charity, which had an income of £1.4m in the year to the end of June last year, said it used contactless giving wherever possible in order to make it easier for people to donate.
Hope for Children, which was founded in 1994, was one of 25 charities selected by the Department for International Development to be eligible for match-funding of up to £5m through the UK Aid Match scheme.
Murielle Maupoint, chief executive of Hope for Children, said the charity had been overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters.
"The incredible reaction to the Head Held High appeal means that we will now be able to have a major impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable children through quality education, and give them the chance to break free from poverty," she said.