Dr Carol Homden is Chief Executive of Coram, a charity with a vision that every child will have the best possible chance to live a fulfilling life. As strategic partners, Coram and the Mace Foundation have been working together since 2013 to raise awareness of, and fundraise for, more than a million vulnerable children and young people who need help every year.
- What does your charity do?
Coram was founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a philanthropist who wanted to provide care for abandoned children left dying on London’s streets.
Today, we rely on the support of generous donors and benefactors to continue our work helping the UK’s most vulnerable children. We do this by helping to find adoptive families, inspiring children to make the right choices and understand the risks of drugs and alcohol, upholding their rights and empowering children in care to make their voices heard. We also provide practical skills and emotional support to vulnerable parents and give isolated young people a roof over their head and support them to take charge of their lives.
- How did you first get involved with the Mace Foundation?
Coram joined forces with the Mace Foundation in 2013. They were clear in their ambition to help the next generation, in particular those who have had a difficult start in life, and we were delighted to partner with them to help raise awareness of the work that we do and provide opportunities for Mace employees to fundraise on our behalf.
- What does your relationship with the Mace Foundation enable you to do?
Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to work with energetic people who we wouldn’t usually come into contact with. It’s opened so many doors for us and has given us a platform to share our work with a huge company that additionally has a large supply chain. There are potentially thousands of people who are now aware of our work who may never have heard of us before.
Since we’ve been working with the Mace Foundation the generous donations that we’ve received have enabled us to assist 46 people aged 16-18 with a housing partnership, provide 200 more young people with an independent qualified person to champion the support they need, and we’ve educated 2,000 children to learn how to navigate the risks around them.
- What has been your most memorable moment in your work with Mace Foundation?
The Mace Foundation holds an annual gala dinner to help raise awareness of Coram. It’s always a wonderful evening and very successful. Many of Mace’s suppliers attend and are incredibly generous.
However, the campaign that really stands out for me is Get Christmassy for Coram, which the Foundation ran in December 2013. Staff wore Christmas jumpers for a day and donated money to us. It was a bit of fun and loads of people got involved. It's now run for the last three years with employees around the world wearing their festive finery to work, holding Christmas bake offs, and wrapping presents to raise funds.
- What have you enjoyed most about working with the Mace Foundation?
It’s been an absolute privilege. It's the energy, conviction and sincerity with which Mace employees and their suppliers support us that is so overwhelming.