The Cecily's Fund office will be closed from December 22 2017 until January 2 2018.
During this time, we will generally not be contactable via phone or email. However, you will be able to leave messages on our answer system or send us emails via our contact page. These messages will be replied to on our return in January.
We thank all our supporters for their donations and encouragement this year, particularly during our Christmas Challenge. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Our Christmas newsletter is now available to download! Our final issue of the year features the launch of our Christmas Challenge, a recap of this year's Cecily's Day, and much more.
Featuring a brand-new layout, our final newsletter of 2017 summarises what has been another busy year for Cecily's Fund. The key story is the upcoming launch of this year's Christmas Challenge: between December 1st and 14th, we're aiming to once again raise £20,000 to support our work into 2018 and beyond. The theme is "Life After School", and we will be sharing just some of the ways that our work is helping to prepare children in Zambia to live healthy, self-sufficient lives after they've completed their education. Look out for lots more news on the Challenge in coming weeks.
Also in the newsletter:
- A concise recap of Cecily's Day 2017, at which we celebrated our 20th anniversary
- A tribute to our 2017 fundraisers, including those who took part in Swim Serpentine, the London 10K, and the Zam Challenge
- An interview with young "star baker" Lucy Chambers, whose bake sales raised hundreds for Cecily's Fund
- All the details of the great products available in our online shop this Christmas
Read all about what we've achieved in 2016 and how you can give Cecily's Fund a great start to next year in our Christmas newsletter - available to download now.
For Cecily's Fund, Christmas means an opportunity to look back at the year we've had, and also to launch our annual Christmas Challenge. Our last newsletter of each year is a key way for us to do both: and it's available to download now or to read online using Issuu.
In our latest exciting publication, you can read about some of the highlights of our work in 2016: from community-powered savings groups to the empowering effect of entrepreneurship training. You can also enjoy two brand-new interviews, one with long-time supporter Tonie and another with Linda, a key member of staff for our partners Afya Mzuri. Better yet, learn all about our 2016 Christmas Challenge, and all the fun things you can do to help us raise £20,000 and power us into our 20th anniversary year, 2017.
Happy reading - and thank you for your support in 2016!
Brand-new Gifts of Hope and a beautiful new Christmas card for 2016 are all now on sale via the Cecily's Fund online shop.
There were a lot of great reasons to attend Cecily's Day this year, and just one of them was the chance to get a sneak preview of our 2016 Christmas card and our brand-new, revised Gifts of Hope. Now, all of these products are available to buy online from our shop.
The Cecily's Fund Christmas card is a tradition going back many years, and for 2016 we have a particularly attractive and distinctive design by artist Jonathan Quarterman. As ever, these cards are available in packs of six for just £3. In addition, we also have a stock of last year's card still available.
Our Gifts of Hope have also been a longstanding feature of our online shop and events. They're our special charity gifts, each one representing a Gift Aid-eligible donation with a card ready to give on any occasion. For 2016, there are six new designs as well as new options and prices which start from just £5. They're an ideal Christmas gift, and every one makes a real difference in Zambia!
Visit our online shop today to purchase your Christmas cards or Gifts of Hope.