LYC No Barriers Appeal / Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

from 1-8 December, We’re raising £85,000 to ensure that there are #NoBarriers to LYC for every young Londoner.

Update 8 December – the LYC No Barriers appeal is over – and we beat our target! This page will be updated soon with more information about the appeal’s success and the impact it will have. Until then our NEWS STORY has all the headlines

London Youth Choirs has been chosen once again by The Big Give and The Childhood Trust to participate in the annual Christmas Challenge online appeal. It’s a ringing endorsement of the exceptional musical education and wellbeing support LYC continues to provide for our young members across the whole of London, despite the coronavirus restrictions. 

We’re fundraising for our Financial Assistance Fund, which ensures that membership fees are #NoBarriers to participation in LYC. We want our singing training to be accessible to all young Londoners, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.  We currently have 7 choirs and are aiming to have 10 choirs by 2022.  Even though all our singing training has been delivered online since April, participation remains high and it’s an emotional lifeline for many of our members.

“The Childhood Trust is delighted to be the Champion Funder for London Youth Choirs once again. So many children have been missing out on arts and culture opportunities as a result of coronavirus: the work of LYC has never been more important for disadvantaged young people across London.”

Laurence Guinness

CEO, The Childhood Trust

Our target is £85,000

These are challenging times for arts fundraising and in recent months we have been heartened by the loyalty and generosity of our supporters.  That’s why we have set our most ambitious Big Give target ever.  In just 7 days, we need to secure £42,500 in online donations in order to unlock another £42,500 in match funding.  Please help us to achieve our goal.

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for us this year, I wouldn’t have survived lockdown without LYC.”

LYC Chamber Choir member


London Youth Choirs is about so much more than learning to sing. LYC teaching raises confidence and aspiration levels in young people, some of whom come from challenging circumstances and have little support at home.

Over the past 8 years, membership has grown to over 300 and we know that more young people are wanting to join.

Maximise the impact of your donation to LYC

The Big Give is a wonderful opportunity for you to double the impact of your donation to London Youth Choirs.  Every pound you donate to our No Barriers Appeal will be matched by The Childhood Trust and a group of generous supporters. What’s special about The Big Give is that your generous gift will be doubled, and if you add Gift Aid your donation, it will be worth even more: take a look!

Your £20 donation can be worth £45 to LYC! 

£20 + £20 Big Give match + £5 Gift Aid = £45

Your £100 donation can be worth £225 to LYC! 

£100 + £100 Big Give match + £25 Gift Aid = £225

Your £500 donation can be worth £1,125 to LYC!

£500 + £500 Big Give match + £125 Gift Aid = £1,125


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