"My mum got sick, and I helped look after her. But when she died I got bullied at school. I ran away and slept wherever I could. I thought nobody cared about me.
But my sponsor, she does care. And now with Barnardo's help, my life's a lot better. So please, for just £15 a month, will you help a child or young person like me?"Sponsor a child now
For most of us, childhood was the easiest part of our lives, but for some children it can be the hardest.
The children and young people waiting to be sponsored have grown up in exceptionally difficult circumstances – coping with poverty, family illness, parental alcohol misuse, homelessness, disability, abuse and bereavement.
And that's why we need you.
As a sponsor, your £15 a month will help Barnardo's give your sponsored child:
Once you become a sponsor, you'll want to keep your eye on the post. Your sponsored child will send you a lolly stick character they made especially for you. It represents who they are, because to protect each child we can't share real names or real photos.
You'll also get lots of wonderful information on your sponsorship and a great gift so you can show the world you're proud to be a Barnardo's Child Sponsor.
Best of all, you'll get your own personalised website where you'll receive real feedback from your sponsored child and their project worker.
Thousands of children and young people in the UK face real challenges each and every day. They may be be abused, sexually exploited, homeless, struggling in education, living in poverty, caring for their parent, or have a disability or terminal illness.
In most cases they have no one else to turn to – except Barnardo's, and now you.
If like us, you believe in all children, no matter who they are or what they have been through, then your support is urgently needed. Children and young people around the UK are desperate for someone who will help turn their lives around. Could you be their sponsor?
One in three children in the UK must make do without basic essentials like three meals a day or adequate clothing.
As a Barnardo's Child Sponsor you'll make a real difference to a vulnerable child or young person who is desperate for your help. And we'll show you exactly how you're doing just that.
Once you've found out the child or young person you're sponsoring, you can go straight to your own personalised website. You'll find regular feedback from your sponsored child and their Barnardo's project worker.
"Having had a wonderful childhood myself, I feel privileged that I'm in a position to help give that to a vulnerable child right here in the UK"
Barnardo's Child Sponsor
Right now, there are vulnerable children and young people in the UK who are waiting for a sponsor. They are waiting for you.
Change a child's life