War Child UK, the charity for children affected by conflict, has been appointed an Official Charity Partner of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.
Since it launched in 1993, War Child UK has been harnessing the power of music to change lives for children forced to live with the brutality of war.
In 1995, the cream of the British music industry – including Paul McCartney, Oasis, Blur and Radiohead – got together to record the ‘Help’ album, which shot straight to the top of the charts raising £1.25 million to aid children caught up in war.
Today, 25 years on, War Child UK has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Amy Winehouse, Laura Marling, Jessie Ware, Royal Blood and Deaf Havana to produce festivals, film events and live gigs such as its famous BRITs Week together with O2 gigs.
In 2016, the charity reached 109,000 children and aims to reach 260,000 children affected by conflict in 2019.
As an Official Charity Partner of the Awards, War Child UK will receive exposure before and at the HMA18 events in Manchester in April and London in August.
Rich Clarke, Music & Entertainment Manager at War Child UK said: “We are honoured to be the Official Charity Partner of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.
“Every day, we see the devastating impacts of war. More children than ever are displaced, many are robbed of their childhoods and are at constant risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. Music has helped us change the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, and partnerships like this enable us to raise awareness and bring hope to children whose lives have been torn apart by war.”
Iain Johnson, Co-Founder of the HMAs, said: “It is a privilege to offer our support to War Child UK, a charity that does amazing work to support vulnerable young people affected by the horrors of war.
“The heavy music scene cares, it cares deeply about vulnerable and disadvantaged people and we are proud to play our part in showing that.”
War Child UK works with some of the world’s most vulnerable children, providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to equip them with skills for the future.
It also campaigns for the rights of children and lobbies governments for protect their welfare and improve life chances.
It is estimated that, right now, over 30 million children have been forced to leave their homes or separated from their families because of military conflict.
The average time a person is displaced is 17 years, which can account for a whole childhood.
War Child UK works with its partners in 15 countries, from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan.
For more information or to make a donation visit Warchild.org.uk
About War Child UK
War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war.
We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay to support them through their recovery – helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future.
We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America.
We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response.
Charity number: 1071659