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Thank you for your support - Chance to Shine raises more than £350,000

14 April 2020

A young boy sits on his mother's lap, who is smiling at the camera. They are sitting on a sofa.

We’re thrilled to announce that our Chance To Shine appeal  has raised over £350,000, with all eligible donations being matched pound for pound by the UK government. Match funding will provide sight and hearing tests for children in rural Kenya, and vital support to children with deafblindness in their crucial early years.

Over the first three months of this year, our generous supporters took part in lots of fun and creative fundraising activities for the appeal. We’ve been inundated with donations, from hundreds of bags of clothing given to Sense and Sense International shops and donations of money from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations, to fundraising bake sales and raising awareness on social media.

Thanks to your support for the Chance to Shine appeal, Sense International will transform the lives of children identified with deafblindness in the counties of Kwale and Garissa in rural Kenya, where these children rarely get the support they need. Without it, they would face a lifetime of isolation, struggling with mobility and communication, and unable to form the most basic connections with those around them.

This fantastic total we have been able to raise is particularly impressive as the last month of the appeal has been severely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19/ Coronavirus.

Our Chance to Shine ball, through which we hoped to raise around £150,000, was cancelled and our Sense and Sense International shops had to close their doors in March, resulting in an extra loss in income. However, the good news is that the appeal still managed to raise an incredible amount of money and we’re confident we will be able to reschedule the ball for next year with match funding going directly to the project in Kenya.

Alison Marshall, Director of Sense International, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to each and every supporter for getting involved in the Chance To Shine appeal. While the last month of the appeal hasn’t gone as we planned due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic response of our supporters, which will help us to change the lives of children with deafblindness in rural Kenya. We look forward to telling you how the money is spent when the project starts later in the year.”

Find out more information about the Chance To Shine appeal

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019