Children First International

Registered Charity Number 1057811

Total raised
£3617.34 + £507.50 Gift Aid = £4124.84
Fundraising
£3617.34
+ £507.50 Gift Aid
Donations
£0.00
+ £0.00 Gift Aid

About Children First International

Children First International (CFI) is a small independent charity first registered with the Charity Commission in August 1996. It is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.


We help children who can’t help themselves or we help their families, communities or the organisations that are trying to provide them with a sustainable and worthwhile existence. This might be anywhere in the world and it tends to be where funding is not available or the need is not being addressed.


We do not have a 'cause célèbre’: children don’t usually choose where or how they live and neither do they choose to live in poverty. We don’t have all the answers but what we try to do is to make their lives a little better.


When Nikki and Colin Mansell first set up the charity they were visiting a street children’s Drop-in centre in Luck Street, Harare, Zimbabwe. (What’s in a name – Luck Street?) On one of the walls they saw a poster which said: ‘If everyone cared enough and everyone shared enough, everyone would have enough’. These words struck a chord and they adopted them for CFI.


Since then CFI has provided assistance to children and their families, schools and communities in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and South Africa as well as in the UK through direct funding or the provision of material aid. The picture above shows some of the school children in Kagboray, a village to the north east of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Colin handed out pencils and biros. They were so enthusiastic about being given something, however small, for themselves. It just proves that you don't have to give a lot to receive a smile of thanks. A picture paints a thousand words!


One of the co-founders, Colin Mansell, is a member of the Lions Clubs International organisation, the world's largest volunteer body, and through his connections with Lions clubs throughout the world he has been able to enlist support from Lions clubs in the places listed above. Lions clubs within their own communities know exactly what is needed to help their communities, particularly children and those helping them and this means that CFI can help to provide the right things at the right time to the right people.


In the UK CFI has helped disabled children access the help they needed when it was needed. Currently, CFI is working with a number of people who are fundraising for specific children and the organisations that help them.


This serves to underline the charity ethos of helping others to help themselves with a focus on children.


Our main fundraising activity is via the London Marathon and we are grateful to all the people who have put themselves through hours of gruelling training over many months prior to the event: it is always humbling when they thank us afterwards! We salute them all!



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Our Harry's Smile

Words from his parents, Christina and John Rampton, set the scene: ‘When our Harry smiled at us for the first time we knew anything else that came our way we could cope with. We had a connection with our child, a reciprocated smile and a shared love. That was a huge milestone and one which has shaped our journey with Harry ever since.We want to make sure his beautiful smile stays with him by making his life as easy and comfortable as possible. By making sure he has all the equipment and therapy he needs to support his continuing progress.’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl0pLn-ifCUHarry, now aged 7, was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality and profound hearing loss. This means Harry has severe complex learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, and visual impairment. Harry is and always will be entirely dependent on others.Since fundraising started Harry's home has undergone renovation to include a wet room, downstairs bedroom and adaptations to provide accessibility in the house and garden.The garden has also been adapted, to provide a safe, accessible space for Harry and his family to enjoy together.Harry has benefited from generous donations and fundraising efforts within the community, which have funded the purchase of much-needed sensory equipment, specialist equipment and physiotherapy. All contribute to his development, especially with learning to walk and as a result he is gradually becoming more mobile. There is a Facebook page to keep friends and family and all the kind people who donate up to date with Harry’s progress
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourharryssmile/about/As Harry grows and develops, his needs will change. In order to secure the best possible future for him, we continue to raise funds to cover the cost of his ongoing physiotherapy. Funds will also be needed to modify existing specialist equipment and/or provide new items as and when they become needed.
Christina, John and Harry’s sister, Amelia thank everyone who is in some way connected to Our Harry’s Smile. Finally, words from his parents again: 'Without your love and support we would not have achieved what we have so far on this journey. The journey continues, and so do we. Thank you for your support.'

Our Harry's Smile Rampton

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Our Harry's Smile

Words from his parents, Christina and John Rampton, set the scene: ‘When our Harry smiled at us for the first time we knew anything else that came our way we could cope with. We had a connection with our child, a reciprocated smile and a shared love. That was a huge milestone and one which has shaped our journey with Harry ever since.We want to make sure his beautiful smile stays with him by making his life as easy and comfortable as possible. By making sure he has all the equipment and therapy he needs to support his continuing progress.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl0pLn-ifCUHarry, now aged 7, was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality and profound hearing loss. This means Harry has severe complex learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, and visual impairment. Harry is and always will be entirely dependent on others.Since fundraising started Harry's home has undergone renovation to include a wet room, downstairs bedroom and adaptations to provide accessibility in the house and garden.The garden has also been adapted, to provide a safe, accessible space for Harry and his family to enjoy together.Harry has benefited from generous donations and fundraising efforts within the community, which have funded the purchase of much-needed sensory equipment, specialist equipment and physiotherapy. All contribute to his development, especially with learning to walk and as a result he is gradually becoming more mobile. There is a Facebook page to keep friends and family and all the kind people who donate up to date with Harry’s progress https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourharryssmile/about/As Harry grows and develops, his needs will change. In order to secure the best possible future for him, we continue to raise funds to cover the cost of his ongoing physiotherapy. Funds will also be needed to modify existing specialist equipment and/or provide new items as and when they become needed.
Christina, John and Harry’s sister, Amelia thank everyone who is in some way connected to Our Harry’s Smile. Finally, words from his parents again: 'Without your love and support we would not have achieved what we have so far on this journey. The journey continues, and so do we. Thank you for your support.'

Colin Mansell

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