CHIPS launches Christmas appeal to bring peace to the streets of Brixton

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For one week, donations will be doubled at no extra cost

London, 2 December 2019 – CHIPS, the international Christian peacemaking charity, today launched a Christmas fundraising appeal to raise money for its project tackling youth violence in Brixton.

The charity is participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign. For seven days, from midday Tuesday 3 December until midday Tuesday 10 December, The Big Give offers people the opportunity to have their donations doubled while matched funds last.

CHIPS is seeking to raise £18,500 for its Voices for Change project. Voices for Change brings together and builds on two of CHIPS’ most successful areas of work in Brixton to date. These are community organising with young people affected by or at risk of serious youth violence, and partnership with schools to reduce the number of exclusions. CHIPS believes that both areas of work are important to tackling the causes of youth violence, and that delivering them together can have a powerful impact in helping building peace in Brixton.

The money the charity receives from the appeal will go directly to its community organising work, which builds on CHIPS’ experience in Brixton over the past six years. Through this work, the charity will engage and listen to young people and families in three of the area’s largest estates to understand their frustrations and concerns, and then partner with them and other local organisations to help them drive practical change in their communities.

Donations must be made online at chipspeace.org/biggive between midday Tuesday 3 December and midday Tuesday 10 December in order to qualify for match funding.

Richard Asomaning, Lead Youth and Community Organiser at CHIPS, said:

“Too many young lives have been lost to violence again this year but we believe that by listening to young people and empowering them to take action, we can help them to become positive changemakers in their communities.”

“Raising our £18,500 target this Christmas would make a big difference to us, helping to fund more grassroots youth workers and to develop more young community leaders for the future.”

Andrew Jackson, Co-Director for Development at CHIPS, said:

“At CHIPS, we rely on the generosity of the public to help us deliver our Brixton peacemaking work and The Big Give is an incredibly effective way to give to us this Christmas. From midday Tuesday 3 December until midday Tuesday 10 December, every donation to CHIPS will be doubled while matched funds last thanks to our partners, The Childhood Trust and The AS Charitable Trust.”

About CHIPS (Christian International Peacemaking Service)

CHIPS is a charity of Christian peacemakers, who have been living at the heart of conflict for over 50 years. From Brixton to Ghana, the charity is invited to join communities and help build a sustainable future free from violence and division. Inspired by the life of Jesus, CHIPS believes that the best way to bring about lasting peace is to take sides. Both sides. For more information, visit chipspeace.org

Follow us at facebook.com/chipspeace twitter.com/chipspeace and instagram.com/chipspeaceorg

About The Big Give

The Big Give offers the public the opportunity to discover charities and projects of interest, to make donations, and to double donations through match funding campaigns. It is responsible for the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, the Christmas Challenge. In addition to match funding campaigns, it also provides a number of other services to help charities, individuals and philanthropists to connect and raise more money online. Since being founded by Sir Alec Reed in 2007, the Big Give has helped to raise over £112 million for UK-registered charities.

thebiggive.org.uk

About The Childhood Trust

The Childhood Trust funds grassroots charities and their projects to alleviate the impact of child poverty in London.  It uses its funds to generate and match other donations, primarily through online fundraising campaigns and fundraising partnerships. Since 2013 its matched giving campaigns have raised £12.56m. It makes grants to proven charities that are working directly with disadvantaged children and its work is themed across three areas; meeting children’s practical needs, supporting children’s emotional needs and inspiring children with new experiences and opportunities.

childhoodtrust.org.uk