Give a Child a Chance
Berkshire Give a Child a Chance

“Many people think of Berkshire as an affluent area – yet 1 in 3 children live in poverty in some areas of Reading and Slough.”

Berkshire Give a Child a Chance raises money to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children across the county.

We fund local charities and community groups working to support children with physical or learning disabilities, psychological or behavioural issues, and those living in care and areas of deprivation.

Money raised goes directly to where it’s needed most – making a real difference to the lives of young people living on our doorstep.

Please donate today
You can visit our dedicated donation page to make a simple, easy and safe donation to Give a Child a Chance.  You can also create your own fundraising page here to raise money for us.

Or you can donate by posting a cheque (please make cheques payable to “Berkshire Community Foundation” but mark that your donation is for Give a Child a Chance) to: Berkshire Community Foundation, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP.  If you are a UK Taxpayer, please also use this gift aid form to add 25% to your donation.






Thank you!

Fancy fundraising for us?
Want to hold your own fundraising event?  Looking for fundraising ideas?

Please get in touch and we will be delighted to help you with any fundraising events and queries.

Re-launch of Give a Child a Chance by Theresa May MP
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Berkshire Give a Child a Chance was officially re-launched in November 2014 by The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Read the full press release here.

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  • “Diligence is always needed, as great projects, indeed great communities, aren't formed overnight."
    Joe McKenna
    Executive Director of BCF, 1993-1998
  • “During my 13 years as Lord Lieutenant, I witnessed what a difference Berkshire Community Foundation's grants made to the lives of so many people in Berkshire.”
    Sir Philip Wroughton KCVO DL
    Honorary Life President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "I believe in Berkshire. We all put our own families and homes first but in doing so, we want to ensure the community in which we live is one that we can be proud of."
    Harry Henderson DL
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “The continuing support for local groups would not have been possible without a myriad of corporate and individual supporters, enthusiastic trustees and staff, the dedication of whom underwrites the success of Berkshire Community."
    Brigadier Robin Draper CVO OBE
    CEO, Berkshire Community Foundation 1998-2008
  • “Since I first became a trustee in 1991, my enthusiasm for BCF has never waned, as is the case it seems for everyone else who gets to know BCF. Particularly, of course, the recipients, who not only receive a grant but also sound advice on all aspects of developing the work of their organisation."
    Jane Wates OBE
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “The original plans for the Foundation were driven by the needs of those living in Berkshire and how those needs could be alleviated. History has proven that not only was the concept behind the Foundation an inspired idea, but it was a workable one. As a former trustee of BCF, I am very proud that my family was involved from the start in establishing and developing such a fundamental part of charitable operations within the county."
    Richard Benyon MP
    MP for Newbury
  • "Phi-lan-thro-py: the act of donating money, goods, time or effort to support a charitable cause...any altruistic activity which is intended to promote good, or improve the quality of human life..."
    Definition of philanthropy
  • "I recognise that those of us that are luckier in life than others have the responsibility to those that are finding life a struggle... The Foundation makes it all so simple for me - I know the process and attention to detail ensures that what little help I do give hits the spot in the most efficient manner it can."
    Harry Henderson DL
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “Although child poverty is falling in the UK, there are still too many children growing up in disadvantaged circumstances, and we cannot be blind to areas of deprivation even in relatively affluent places such as Berkshire.”
    The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
    Prime Minister
  • “Berkshire Community Foundation does a great job in our local area."
    The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
    Prime Minister
  • “Berkshire Community Foundation provided a simple and cost efficient way of establishing a fund that could meet the Testator’s intentions."  
    Jonathan Gater
    Partner, Blandy & Blandy
  • “Most philanthropists have their own vision and a personal reason for giving. Community Foundations can help with this vision; by giving locally, you can really see what happens with your money and what a difference it makes to local communities."
    Roberta d’Eustachio
    Co-founder of Ambassadors for Philanthropy