Today: take afternoon tea with the Kids Company

In need of something fun and inspiring to do today? Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of the award-winning charity Kids Company, is hosting a tea party this afternoon at Cafe Anglaise in Whiteleys to celebrate the arrival of the highly acclaimed Shoebox Living installation. Cafe Anglaise will be previewing its delicious new afternoon tea menu and a magician has been enlisted to keep children entertained.

The Shoebox Living project saw a hundred and twenty five children aged between eight and ten given a shoe box, and asked to recreate a room from their home and write a few sentences about it. The results were insightful, often shocking with 1 in 6 of the children raising serious concerns and a Kids Company worker was able to step in and help. Now you can see the incredible results for yourself.

From Sept 1-4 Whiteleys atrium will also host art, craft and cookery workshops with a selection of Kids Company products from Nina Campbell by Kids Company kitchen ware to Van den Berg jewellery by Kids Company (products are also available at Kids Company online shop).

About Kids Company...

Launched in 1996, Kids Company provides support to 14,000 deprived, neglected inner-city children with centres in North and South London and a presence in 30 schools throughout London. Kids Company provides a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. It's services and support help empower children.

Camila summed up the work of Kids Company in a newsletter recently: 'One young person, who was abandoned at Victoria Station a 12-year-old and first heard about us in his bed and breakfast hostel when he was 16, wrote telling me that a seat has been reserved for me at his graduation ceremony. I cannot think of an honour greater than this.' We can't think of a more worthwhile charity.

Donate to Kids Company here

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company

 T-shirt design by a 16-year-old for Kids Company

A plate by Nina Campbell for the Kids Company

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