Sir Martin Sorrell ‘Opens Doors’ for children’s charity Coram
20 January, 2011
The first brand campaign for children’s charity Coram has been launched by Sir Martin Sorrell.
Sir Martin, Founder and Chief Executive of WPP, the world leader in marketing communications services, presented the charity’s new brand creative called ‘Opening Doors’ to an invited audience of media owners and potential supporters at a reception held at The Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury, on Tuesday 18 January.
Coram is the UK’s first children’s charity, established as the Foundling Hospital by Thomas Coram in 1739, and now helps more than 15,000 children and young people each year.
As the lead charity of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and with ambitious new projects planned, Coram is embarking on a new advertising campaign to raise its profile among a wider audience.
The brand concept and emotive imagery created by MediaCom Create highlights Coram’s mission to ‘open the doors of opportunity’ for thousands of children in London and across the UK.
Sir Martin Sorrell said: ”Coram is a hidden gem, which does fantastic work to transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children. This year’s activities, including being the main beneficiary of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, offer a unique platform for Coram to permanently increase awareness of the cause. I urge the rest of the media community to support Coram in whichever way possible to help open the doors of opportunity for children in London and across the UK.”
Dr Carol Homden, Chief Executive, said: “Coram helps children facing loss to feel save and loved, and to have access to education and opportunity. We are a part of the nation’s culture, with past supporters including Hogarth, Handel and Charles Dickens. Today six of our children’s projects are the first, the biggest or the best in the country, yet we are one of the nation’s great untold success stories.
“That’s why we are delighted to have the support of Sir Martin Sorrell and his creative teams to help us launch our first advertising campaign. We want everyone to know our story, so that Coram can reach greater numbers of vulnerable children and gives them a better chance in life.”
The campaign is already been backed by Pearl & Dean who are generously supporting the campaign by screening Coram’s first cinema advertising. Coram is hoping that many other media owners will follow suit.
To find out more about the campaign and to offer support, contact David Steadman, Coram’s Commercial Director, on +44 (0)20 7520 0327 or +44 (0)7940 995242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Press contacts:
Sue Massey, Head of Marketing Communications, on +44 (0)20 7520 0346 or email@example.com Background Coram
is the UK’s first children’s charity. Since 1739 Coram have helped some of the UK’s most vulnerable children to dramatically improve their life chances. We achieve outstanding results: The adoptions we arrange have the highest success rate in the UK: consistently over 97%. 90% of our income is spent on developing and delivering services to children and families. This year we will offer intensive help to over 15,000 children, young people and families, and reach over 870,000 children in schools nationwide.
Established by Thomas Coram as the Foundling Hospital, as a home for abandoned children dying on London’s streets, Coram has developed a range of programmes that tackle separation and loss and restore hope for the children of tomorrow. The work of Coram addresses what matters most to children: to feel loved; to feel safe; to feel confident enough to make choices; to believe that hope exists. For more information see www.coram.org.uk The Foundling Museum
, Bloomsbury, tells the story of Coram, which as the Foundling Hospital was London's first home for abandoned children - and three major patrons, all of whom are important figures in British history: Thomas Coram, the campaigning founder and philanthropist; William Hogarth, the artist; and George Frideric Handel, the composer. Lovingly curated in a restored Georgian building next to the site where Coram is still based to this day, it exhibits a remarkable collection of art and social history. For more information see www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk About WPP
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