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Stone Laying Ceremony

Stone laying ceremony at the new orphanage site. Here's Natasha with Cornerstone Trust Trustee, Jeyaseelan, laying the first stone before the foundation is dug.

BIG HUG Foundation Registered in India!

Big Hug Foundation is now officially registered as a charitable organisation in India!! Here's a pic of Divya, our Managing Trustee in India, signing the papers at the registrar's office. This is a huge step for our organisation and will enable us to reach more underprivileged children and families across India in the future #internationalcharity! — with Natasha Mansigani andDivya Hari.

 

BIG HUG'S FOOTBALL MANIA 2012

After a tremendously successful inaugural tournament Big Hug Foundation brings you 'Football Mania 2012' our very own 5-a-side tournament.

Visit the Events page for more information or contact Natasha on natasha@bighugfoundation.org for a registration form

(Posted on 20th June 2012)

16+ BOYS

We have been anxiously waiting to hear how our 10th standard boys did in their board exams this year (GCSE equivalent). The results came out on Monday and I am extremely proud to share with you that three of our boys have passed. These results shape what steps they will take next, whether they will continue in their education, take on apprenticeships or enroll onto a diploma course. Whichever path the boys choose the Big Hug Foundation will continue to:
-       Give them the opportunity to fulfill their potential and
-       Support them with their aspirations and goals

(Posted on 28th May 2012)

THE BIG HUG GETS A BIG HAND!

This year our founder, Natasha Mansigani was the winner of Vodafone's World of Difference Programme. The exciting two month opportunity ended in May. Click on the link below to read about Natasha's thoughts on the programme:

The Big Hug Foundation gets a big hand from World of Difference

(Posted on 16th May 2012)

10k challenge

7 wonderful supporters taking part in the FSI 2012 Challenge for us! Thank you for your support and good luck with training and fundraising: Aadil Datta, Sanjay Syal, Kirti Chatlani, Rosie Manku, Akhil Mohindra and Natasha Mansigani.

(Posted on 13th May 2012)

PRIDEVIEW CRICKETER'S CUP 2012

We're very excited to announce that The Prideview Group are supporting us through their Cricketer's Cup event on Saturday 14th July. All proceeds raised through the tournament will be donated to us!! Thank you The Prideview Group for your support, we're really looking forward to the event!

(Posted on 3rd May 2012)

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?

At the end of the financial year we calculated that 99.1% of all donations go directly to the street children we support in India. The charity is managed by dedicated volunteers who strive to keep our admin costs to a minimum. We ensure that your hard earned money is being spent on those who need it most.

(Posted on 1st May 2012)

Big Hug IN THE MEDIA

The charity's founder, Natasha Mansigani has been part of Vodafone’s World of Difference Programme for over a month now and thanks to this incredible opportunity the charity has received some great exposure in the press. Click on the link below to view Big Hug in the media:

Wembley Observer Online Article

(Posted on 5th April 2012)

'QUIZ FOR KIDS 2012' A MASSIVE SUCCESS!

Our first quiz night, celebrating the project’s first birthday was a massive success! We raised a total of £3100, which includes an anonymous donation of £1000! We’re very grateful to everyone who attended, all our wonderful sponsors and volunteers. We look forward to holding this event again next year!

Click here to view photos from the evening.

(Posted on 1st April 2012

'AUTISTIC IS ARTISTIC' KATHAK COLLECTIVE

The Big Hug Foundation team were invited to showcase the work of the charity at this exciting event! The Kathak Collective show had been organised to raise awareness of autism through classical Indian dance. It was a great opportunity for us to spread the word about the work we do with our local community.

(Posted on 1st April 2012)

CHILDREN'S HOME UPDATE

The children have been really busy over the last month studying for their end of year exams. We thought this would be a difficult task at the start of the summer (March) as the state of Tamil Nadu was under an acute power shortage, which meant there were up to 9 hours of power cuts every day. Initially, the children were unable to study in the evenings but thanks to a group of very generous donors in Coimbatore the home was equipped with 4 emergency lights. The donors prompt response to the situation really made a massive difference. Thank you for your support.

(Posted on 23rd March 2012)

SAN DIEGO HALF MARATHON

Three of our wonderful American supporters ran the San Diego Half Marathon in aid of Big Hug this month. We want to congratulate them on this fantastic achievement and thank them for supporting our cause!! They have raised an incredible £926.70 for the charity which will really help further our work with underprivileged children.

Click here to view their fundraising page.

(Posted on 19th March 2012)

BIG HUG T-SHIRTS!!

Big Hug Foundation t-shirts are finally here! You can buy your stylish Big Hug t-shirts in black/white at our online shop

All profits raised from t-shirt sales will go towards our 'Health Mix Fund.'

(Posted on 1st March 2012)

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

In addition to funding the rent and electricity bills at the home, we have now taken on the following responsibilities:

1) Funding the cost of a south Indian health mix. All the children will be given the mix as porridge 2 - 3 times a week and their weight will be monitored regularly.

2) Funding the salary of a teacher who will teach the children spoken English every weekend.

(Posted on 19th February 2012)

INDIA TRIP 2012

Last month I visited India to work on the project and spend time with the children; they have all grown so much and are as happy as ever! As I was seeing the children after a year I couldn’t believe the changes in their behavior, they have all become more confident, jovial children.

None of the children now suffer from skin allergies as they did at the previous home as they are now in a safer, more hygienic environment, away from the dangerous rodents and diseases at their old home.

We had lots of generous donors who sent clothes for the children, sponsored delicious meals and organised a fun day trip!!

To view photos from this trip please click here

(Posted on 11th February 2012)

Vodafone world of difference programme 2012

Our founding trustee, Natasha Mansigani won a 2 month placement on the Vodafone World of Difference UK Programme! This is great news as it means she will be able to work on the charity full time and hopefully Big Hug will receive some great exposure!!

To follow what Natasha is up to on her placement read her blog by clicking here

(Posted on 20th January 2012)

Kaval makes it to the top of KILI!

On 10th November 2011, one of Big Hug Foundation's supporters, Kaval Shah climbed Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. So far, he has raised an incredible £751 which will support the children at the home for many months to come.

We are extremely proud of Kaval for this amazing achievement and would like to thank him and all his sponsors for their support and generosity.

Photos of Kaval's journey coming soon.

(Posted on 26th November 2011)

Big Hug Foundation gets registered!

On 6th October the Charity Commission entered Big Hug Foundation in the Register of Charities.

There are many benefits of registering as a charity including tax breaks, claiming gift aid and of course being able to reach a wider audience of donors.

Many thanks to all our donors for there continued support – we wouldn't be here without you!!!
(Posted on 17th October 2011)

Car boot sale

Get rid of the clutter in your house and help underprivileged children at the same time.

We held our fist car boot sale on a scorching hot day in October!! Cornerstone supporters were kind enough to donate bags full of clothes, DVDs, books and other household objects, which were all put on sale at the Kilburn Car Boot Sale. The day was an excellent success as we managed to sell all our stock and raise an incredible £300 which will further our work at The Home.  

We will definitely be holding more throughout the year so please think of us when doing your next spring clean!

(Posted on 4th October 2011)
We made it to international television!

Cornerstone Premier League on Sony TV!!!! We made it to international television...what an amazing opportunity it was to showcase the work we do and raise awareness of The Home!!! A big thank you to the Sony team for the incredible publicity; the editors did an incredible job!

Please click here to view the footage aired on Friday 23rd September

(Posted on 27th September 2011)
Meet our newest additions…

The abundance of space at the new home has allowed us to home and care for a further 5 children. Since we started supporting the home in March 2011 we have homed an additional 7 children. In total there are now 33 children residing at the home. Can't wait to meet all the new kiddies!
Please click here to view images of the new children

(Posted on 20th August 2011)
Cornerstone Premier League 2011

Cornerstone Premier League, our very first organised fundraising was a great success!!

We raised over £1,100 for The Home and the project got some great publicity thanks to Sony Entertainment TV who came to interview us for their communities show "Zone". The Harrow Times newspaper released two articles about the event. Please click here and here to view them.

A massive thank you to all the players, volunteers and supporters for making it such a successful day! Please click here to view photos from the day.

2011 Winners: David FC
2011 Runners Up: Team XS

(Posted on 12th August 2011)
Sindhi Cricket Tournament

The Sindhi Cricket Tournament 'Chaar Maar' was held on 31st July at The Old Camdenian Cricket Club, Mill Hill. Team XS who wore Cornerstone Children's Home Projects branded t-shirts to promote the cause made it all the way to the Finals! Although they did not win the tournament they did a great job promoting Cornerstone - the winners of the tournament very generously donated the winning prize of £1000 to Big Hug Foundation. Click here to see Team XS in action.

Many thanks to Team XS, the winning team and all those involved in organising the tournament.

(Posted on 4th August 2011)

Celebrity support!

We were fortunate enough to meet a few members of the Indian Cricket Team at Lord's this month. Sreesanth, one of India's fast bowlers showed interest in the work we do and took one of our information booklets back to the Indian dressing room! Click here to view an image.

(Posted on 25th July 2011)

Partnership with Salma's Salon

We would like to thank Salma's Group of Hair & Beauty Salons for their continued support! They very generously display Big Hug collection boxes and posters in their salons raising vital funds for the children we support.

(Posted on 18th July 2011)

We've taken on 2 more children!

Thanks to an incredible response from our UK donors and our fundraising activities we have taken on the responsibility of caring for 2 more boys at the Cornerstone Home. This has all been made possible because of your generosity. Thank you to all our donors for their continued support!

(Posted on 8th July 2011)

Our first piece of publicity!

Thamarai, a South Asian online magazine has featured our football event, 'Cornerstone Premier League' on their website! Many thanks for the support! Check out the page here

(Posted on 4th July 2011)

Back to school and a crazy supporter…

After the move the children under the age of 11 have had to change schools. The new school is a 30 second walk from the home so they will be lucky enough to enjoy a bit of a lie in! They're first day back after summer was 16th June and from what I hear they all had an enjoyable day!

One of our crazy, brave supporters waxed his back to raise money for the children! He raised an incredible £1027, which will continue to support the rent and bills at the home. Thank you to all his sponsors for their generous donations.

(Posted on 7th June 2011)

May update

May's rent and expenses have been paid successfully. 

A mattress and pillow for each child was delivered to The Home this month. Each child now has their own personal space and a comfortable bed! The children were so happy and couldn't stop smiling; this is the first time the children will be sleeping in a proper bed after many years of sleeping on just a straw mat. Click here to view an image.

All the children passed their end of year exams and will be moving onto the next grade in June!! Well done to the kids!!!

Many thanks to Medallion Europe LTD for supplying us with complimentary printing! Hopefully the booklets we have had printed will help raise awareness of the project.

(Posted on 23rd May 2011)
April update

April's rent and utility bills payment has been sent to The Home.

(Posted on 27th April 2011)
The big move!

The children were moved out of the warehouse and into their new home. Cornerstone Children's Home Project has begun!!  To view photos from the children's housewarming party please click here

(Posted on 25th March 2011)