The Bryan Adams Foundation will split the funds raised from ‘An Evening of Opera & Picnic’ on 7th June between the following 3 charities:
Chelsea Academy Foundation
Despite the Academy’s location in the heart of one of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, its students are from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds with over 45 distinct categories. 11% students have Special Educational Needs, 43% have English as an Additional Language, and over 56% are in receipt of pupil premium funding. Each year local children arrive at the Academy to find their passions, make friends for life, and develop into well-rounded individuals. Careful management of the Academy’s budget means it can deliver on its first priority to provide an excellent academic education. However, it cannot stretch to providing all the opportunities and experiences it would like for its students.
Chelsea Academy Foundation aims to raise enough money to ensure that
students have the life skills and aspirations to successfully begin their journeys
and flourish into exceptional, well-rounded members of society.
The funds raised will be allocated by Chelsea Academy Foundation to 'The Access Project", aiming to increase the proportion of students from "Free School Meals" (FSM) backgrounds going on to highly selective universities. Currently 15% of secondary school pupils in the UK are eligible for Free School Meals, but these students make up only 2% of England's 25 most selective universities. The Access Project believes every child in the UK should have an equal opportunity to achieve their academic ambitions. They address this problem with one-to-one tuition by matching high-flying graduates with students from disadvantaged areas for weekly academic tutorials. These sessions help their students achieve better grades (two thirds of a grade per subject more progress than their peers). And a dedicated member of The Access Project staff is based in school to deliver university support and enrichment activities which equip students with the skill and information they need to win places at top universities. 63% of students going through The Access Project go on to study at highly selective universities- this is significantly higher than independent schools (48%) and far higher than the maintained sector average (18%).
Borne is a medical charity that supports research to reduce the number of
preterm births. Preterm birth is the number one cause of infant mortality and disability
worldwide. More children die as a consequence of preterm birth than from AIDS or malaria.
Overall, each year, 15 million babies are born preterm and over one million die. Many of those that survive suffer life-long disabilities. Borne was founded to find solutions to these devastating global problems. Unlike other health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, preterm birth is neither well understood nor well funded. In the UK alone, premature birth costs the NHS £2.6 billion every year. Keeping all preterm babies in the womb for just one more week would save lives, prevent disability and save the NHS £265 million per annum.
Since its creation, Borne has succeeded in identifying potential treatments to reduce the risk of preterm birth. If the success in the laboratory is matched in the clinical trials, then Borne funded research will substantially reduce the risk of preterm labour.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. For over
three hundred years, the Royal Hospital Chelsea has provided a welcoming
home and a way of life for thousands of soldiers in their old age. They have
also preserved for the nation the architectural legacy left by Charles II and
Sir Christopher Wren. Today some 320 army veterans call the Royal Hospital
Chelsea home, including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands,
Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II. Others may not have served in
campaigns, but all understand what it means to be a soldier and the potential
sacrifice that it entails.
Founded in 1682 by King Charles II and intended for the ‘succour and relief
of veterans broken by age and war’, the Royal Hospital, with its Grade 1 listed
buildings, still serves its original purpose and intends to continue to further its
role well into the 21st Century.