For every £1 we spend, 87p helps children and families

The Ultimate News Quiz is one of London’s most popular annual charity events. Guests battle it out in a dastardly difficult topical quiz for the coveted Ultimate News Quiz trophy.

Unfortunately, the 15th Ultimate News Quiz is postponed this year due to government guidelines. But we’re proud to present this special online version, arranged by the Ultimate News Quiz committee and featuring friends of the UNQ to keep the cogs turning until we return in March 2022! Supported by the Premier League, special guests include Fiona Bruce, Jeremy Vine, Jon Snow, Tom Bradby, Dermot Murnaghan, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Mary Nightingale, Mishal Husain, Charlene White, Natasha Kaplinsky, Nick Robinson, Susanna Reid and Justin Webb.

Make a donation today and you’ll help give vulnerable children a safe and happy childhood. Your donations will help us deliver life-changing support for thousands more children and families.

UNQ celebs.png

The Ultimate News Quiz has been generously sponsored by the Premier League since 2014 and has raised over £1.2 million for charity since it began in 2007

4.2 million children in the UK are locked in poverty and living without the basics. Many are going without proper food, heating, clothes and essentials. And the pandemic is making things even worse. With unemployment rising and fears for the future when the furlough scheme ends, more families are facing financial hardship. Vulnerable children are paying the price.

For the last 12 months, our frontline staff haven’t stopped. 99% of our services have been open, whether in-person or online. We’ve continued to be a vital lifeline for the children and families we support. But there are so many more who need our help.

Since coronavirus struck we have supported over 12,000 children and young people with basic essentials including:

Items purchased through the Emergency Fund

Items purchased through the Coronavirus Emergency Fund

With your support we can make sure children have things like enough proper food, somewhere safe to sleep, shoes that fit, equipment for learning, support with mental health, and that parents can pay the bills. These are the essentials, the fundamentals of a safe and happy childhood – things that no child in the UK today should go without.

Thank you to Fortnum & Mason, Nyetimber and Floral Street for their support in donating items to our prize draw. The prize draw closed on 31st March 2021 and we are no longer accepting entries.

More about our work

We protect and support children and young people. We do this by providing practical and emotional care and support. We make sure their voices are heard. And we campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.

Today, we run 503 services in local communities across the UK, in schools and online.

In our nurseries and children's centres, staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoptive and modern residential services find children and young people safe and loving homes.

We step in to protect children from neglect and abuse and help those who care for others or are at risk of homelessness. Innovative projects like The Blues Programme give young people the help they need to look after their mental health.

We're also here for parents, through projects like Parent Talk, our online support service.

We’ve been helping children for more than 150 years. In 2019/20, we helped 368,648 children, young people and families. This was only possible with your support.

  • Since 1861 we’ve helped almost two million children and young people.
  • We’ve helped more than 12,000 children and families during the coronavirus pandemic. We've kept 99% of our local services open.
  • 25,113: the number of people we reached with mental health support in 2019/20.
  • 86,000: the number of children and families supported by our children’s centres in 2019/20.

Your donations help us to support vulnerable children, young people and their families in the UK.

85p of every £1* we spend goes directly towards helping children, young people and their families. Your support is so important right now because levels of poverty, abuse and neglect are rising. We’ve seen a huge surge in demand for our services. Your donations help us to run these essential services, which give vulnerable children and families a vital lifeline.

We make sure that every penny you donate goes where it will have the greatest impact on children’s lives.

Most of the donations we receive from our campaigns are unrestricted. This means they’re not spent on one project or one specific area of the UK, but where the need is greatest. We wouldn’t be able to operate as a charity without this type of income. Unrestricted funds help us reach the children and young people who need us most. Funds raised from this appeal will be unrestricted and used by Action for Children for its general charitable purposes. Please see the Our Work and Impact for examples of the work we do to help children and young people and their families.

* Figure based on 2018/19 pre-audited charity accounts that exclude commercial nurseries.

Donating a small amount every month by direct debit helps us give vulnerable children the stability they need. Our regular supporters help us carry out long-term work and keep vital projects running.

For every £1 we spend, 87p helps children and families

Other ways to donate

  • Prefer to donate over the phone?

    Call 0300 123 2112