The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation exists to help people make a difference close to home by giving to local charities and so improving lives in the Royal Borough. It is now launching its third Summer Sparks campaign, designed to fire up young minds over the summer holidays. Summer Sparks is about giving local children in need the chance to learn new skills, discover new interests, go to new places and enjoy summer 2016.

When people think of Kensington & Chelsea, they picture prosperity and privilege and yet the Royal Borough has the greatest gap between wealth and opportunity of any area in the UK. School summer holidays can be hard for low income families who struggle to pay for opportunities which many would take for granted.

Statistics published by the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council show that:

The second highest level of child poverty in London is found in North Kensington at 41%

• 75% of local children in poverty are aged under 11

• 43% of local families have gone without a holiday for 3 consecutive years

• 29% of local families cannot fund hobbies and sports

• 23% of local families can’t pay for school trips

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation works with local charities on Summer Sparks to provide a wide-range of opportunities including arts, cooking, crafts, drama, music, sports, dance, visits to the cinema, day trips in and outside of London and residential breaks. As a Summer Sparks partner said last year following an excursion, “Some children had never seen the sea before”.

With the help and generosity of local people, businesses and schools, the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation aims to provide more than 1,000 young people this summer in Kensington & Chelsea with experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives.

There are many ways to get involved: could you donate a space, an activity, or help us raise funds? How about a fun run, a no-uniform day, feed family or friends for a fee, or have a quiz night?

Find out how you can make a difference by calling 020 7229 5499, or email

Donations can be made Text KCFS16 £5 to 70070.