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Bregal Milestone is proud to partner with the charities Spread a Smile and Starting Chance.

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For further press information please contact Viv Levene

020 7482 5191

viv@spreadasmile.org

www.spreadasmile.org

Reg Charity No: 1152205

Spread a Smile

A charity brightening the smiles of children and teenagers in hospital

‘Spread a Smile’ are a London – based charity founded in 2013. Spread a Smile provides entertainment including fairies, magicians, face-painters, singers, therapy dogs, children’s characters, celebrities and theatre visits to critically ill children across nine London hospitals. The charity organises over 40 hospital visits a month, brightening the lives of more than 7,200 children a year (that’s 600 per month). As part of the Grant Programme, Bregal donates substantially to Spread a Smile. The Bregal Milestone team are also supporting the charity’s events, accompanying children and their families on outings to theatres and concerts. In addition, many of Bregal Milestone’s closest advisors generously agree to donate a share of their transaction fees to Spread a Smile.

“Children and young people in long term treatment spend extended periods of time in hospitals which can result in feelings of isolation and sadness.”

Further to his recent participation event with Spread a Smile, Bregal Milestone Managing Partner, Cyrus Shey, commented: “The Bregal Milestone team were very impressed by the founders of Spread a Smile on their dedication and commitment to brightening up the lives of severely ill children and of their families. This is such an admirable cause, as it gives the families some temporary relief, along with the priceless joy of seeing their child smile again. What’s more, the children can look forward to the entertainers’ visit for several days in advance, which takes their mind off the worries and fears they are going through with their illness and treatment.”

Lucy Jackson, Spread a Smile’s CEO responded: “Children and young people in long term treatment spend extended periods of time in hospitals which can result in feelings of isolation and sadness. Spread a Smile uses entertainment and play to engage with them, have fun, reduce anxieties and return some normality to their lives. We are incredibly thankful and proud to be working in partnership with Bregal Milestone to improve the quality of life of many more children and look forward to working with their dedicated team in the year ahead.”

Spread a Smile and five of their entertainers visited young cancer patients at the Royal Marsden Hospital in early January, along with Cyrus Shey, Francesco Canessa, Sebastian Charpentier & Saachi Oza from the Milestone team.

We spread smiles to seriously and terminally ill children and teenagers in hospital by providing entertainment including fairies, magicians, face painters, singers, artists, therapy dogs, children’s characters and celebrities. We also organise parties and family trips to the theatre, concerts and other events.

We organise a minimum of 42 scheduled hospital visits a month including our regular entertainer and therapy dog visits, art workshops and ice cream drops. This enables us to see over 600 patients a month – that’s over 7,200 0-18 year olds reached each year.

We are proud to work with Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, King’s College Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital as well as Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. We liaise closely with the staff at our hospital and hospice partners to ensure every visit is personalised for each child we see and we pride ourselves on having an appropriate entertainer available on each visit for every child we see.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

We are so proud of Spread a Smile’s new initiatives during these challenging times.

Suspending hospital visits does not mean suspending smiles, and with this in mind, Spread a Smile will continue to deliver their regular ‘treat’ drops such as popcorn, jellies & ice cream to their partner hospitals for distribution by hospital staff.

As part of their new initiatives, the charity has also launched Smile TV – an online platform accessed via their website to feature:

Pre-recorded performances and entertainment from their teams of entertainers including musicians, magicians, poets, fairies and singers;

Personalised live interactions between entertainers and hospitalised children and teenagers at a pre-arranged time for children who particularly need a smile;

Live web casts from their entertainment teams providing a constant supply of new content;

Video footage of celebrities reading a story, reciting a poem, telling a joke or sending a short message;

Art content, tuition and examples for children working on art activities supplied by Spread a Smile.

 If you would like to support Spread a Smile in their new initiatives, please visit their COVID-19 appeal page to make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/spreadasmile-covid19appeal

Bregal Milestone are also extremely grateful to all our advisors who have kindly chosen to make a 1% donation of their fees to Spread a Smile.

For further press information please contact For further press information please contact Viv Levene

020 7482 5191

viv@spreadasmile.org

www.spreadasmile.org

Reg Charity No: 1152205

For further press information please contact Ian and Ali Corbett

8 Well Way, Hout Bay, 7806, W Cape, South Africa

+27 (0)82 491 1171

info@startingchance.org.za

www.spreadasmile.org

Trust Reg No: IT2472/2015

Starting Chance

An NPO providing children with a quality educational environment

As part of the Grant Programme, Bregal have also made a substantial donation to ‘Starting Chance’ in early January 2020.

‘Starting Chance’ is a high integrity organization and registered charity in Cape Town, South Africa, focused exclusively on providing Early Childhood Development opportunities to under-privileged children in impoverished informal settlements.

The organization’s vision is to empower all children to avoid the education poverty trap: of inadequate school readiness and subsequent poor educational outcomes, caused by a lack of access to Early Childhood Development programs. It seeks to achieve this vision through a holistic model to empower local communities with education, training, resources, and administrative support to deliver early childhood development opportunities for local children in a sustainable way.

“At Starting Chance we dare to imagine that every child could be offered the opportunity to break the education poverty trap! Together, we can!”

Through these initiatives, Starting Chance has improved the learning environment for over 10,200 children in Mfuleni aged 0 – 6 years, since founding in 2013. There are currently 25 schools enrolled in the Starting Chance program, growing at 4 – 6 schools per year. In order to enrol in the Starting Chance program, schools must meet several criteria including educational and environmental quality, financial management, and proof of land ownership.

bregal milestone starting chance partnership

“Nowhere is the mantra, ‘If you start behind you stay behind’, more true in education than in South Africa. By the age of nine, ensnared by the education poverty trap, the fate of many of our children is sealed. For children with disability, their start can be even harsher – they are the so-called “Hidden Children” who are locked away on their own in shacks every day as their parents leave for a long day at work.

At Starting Chance we dare to imagine that every child’s start could be different given the opportunity!

In choosing to partner with us, Bregal Milestone will reach deep into poverty-stricken communities of Cape Town to offer children the rare gift of a Starting Chance. In doing so will also create opportunity for women entrepreneurs to expand their business and grow the teams that operate early childhood and special care day centres serving their community.

At Starting Chance we dare to imagine that every child could be offered the opportunity to break the education poverty trap! Together, we can!”

Dr Ian Corbett
Starting Chance Chairman

 

COVID-19 Update:

Starting Chance faces a unique set of challenges from CV-19, but remain true to their mission and focussed on creating positive impact in their communities, despite the lockdown imposed by the South African government.

As a result of the lockdown, the schools that Starting Chance supports are in quite some financial difficulty. The schools rely on weekly fees paid by the families of the children they teach and care for, and as a result will see significant declines in revenue during the forced shutdown. This leaves the schools and principals unable to pay their committed staff – the teachers and carers who are often the sole breadwinners for their own families.

Starting Chance does not typically provide direct financial support to schools, but direct their resources toward their training programmes and special projects to enhance education infrastructure. However, given the lack of government support for household income negatively impacted by the CV-19 lockdown, Starting Chance has made the decision to pay teachers who have stopped receiving salaries, from Starting Chance funding reserves. The contributions by Starting Chance amount to ZAR 1,000 per teacher, equivalent to c. €50, about a third of a typical monthly salary.

We applaud and support Starting Chance’s efforts in sustaining the livelihoods of those committed to early child development, and ask that you consider supporting Starting Chance in this mission. The negative impact from CV-19 on these vulnerable communities is particularly acute, and likely to deteriorate further in the months ahead. If you are in a position to make a contribution to their cause, we can ensure that the funds go directly to supporting the at-risk teachers and their families during this period.

Please see the Starting Chance website to find out how you can donate:https://www.startingchance.org.za/take-action/

For further press information please contact For further press information please contact Ian and Ali Corbett

8 Well Way, Hout Bay, 7806, W Cape, South Africa

+27 (0)82 491 1171

info@startingchance.org.za

www.spreadasmile.org

Trust Reg No: IT2472/2015

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