Covid-19 Emergency Response
In Surrey, as elsewhere, too many children lack online access, books or basic resources to help them carry on learning – and the current Covid-19 crisis is placing even more pressure on struggling families and finances.
“When I picture my most vulnerable children opening their Box of Delight my heart rests easy for the first time since this crisis separated them from school.”
Sarah Lewis, Head Teacher at St Mary’s Primary School, Surrey
Bags of Delight
1 in 8 children in receipt of free school meals does not own a single book. Delight has created Bags of Delight, reusable canvas bags packed with age-related books to deliver directly to 2,000 vulnerable children at home across Surrey.
Made possible by generous funding from St Faith’s Trust and book donations from local schools, businesses and individuals, Delight has gifted 6,000 books to children through this project.
Box of Delight
From the moment the Box of Delight arrives on a child’s doorstep the adventure begins. Each element of the project is designed to have a ‘wow’ factor, as children work step-by-step through 4 Rainforest-themed art activities. All activities are carefully designed to be child-led with enough materials for a child to repeat activities, or to share the project with siblings or parents/carers.
Delight has teamed up with Guildford-based visual arts organisation Paintbox to create Box of Delight and Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village will host a fantastic art installation of hundreds of 3D wooden birds hung in the woodlands around the gallery later this year.
Support Us – Gift a Box of Delight!
We have received requests for 1,500 boxes from schools across Surrey, but demand is growing! We will only be able to meet demand with the generous support of local people and businesses.
Can you help us to reach our £6,000 target and get this project out to 500+ more local children who need it?
Making a donation is simple. Just head over to our Just Giving page. We’d like to thank you in advance for your support – we could not do it without you!
“We must do all we can to alleviate the impact of school closures on disadvantaged children.”
Education Endowment Foundation
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Follow our Box of Delight and Bags of Delight projects on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Look out for updates about the project development and photos of the children’s fantastic works of art. #BagsofDelight / #BoxofDelight.
All donations will go directly towards funding Delight’s Box of Delight emergency project to support vulnerable primary age children who are out of school due to current COVID-19 restrictions. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed our funding requirements for these projects, or Delight is unable to proceed with these projects, your gift will support Delight’s ongoing work to support Surrey’s vulnerable children.
Part-funding for the project has been gratefully received from Heathrow Community Trust, The Peter Cundill Foundation, Guildford Poyle Charities and the Alex Robert-Miller Foundation, along with in-kind support from Hope Education, Morgan Innovation, Masters CNC, Kelly’s Storage and Typecast Printers – but we will only be able to meet the current and growing demand for Boxes of Delight with the generous support of local people and businesses.