Can I sponsor for less than the amount shown on the sponsorship form?

We need a minimum commitment of £12 per month to achieve lasting results from sponsorship. You can make your payments monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually.

Is sponsoring a child, like adopting a child?


The child you sponsor is cared for in one of our centres. However, in the eyes of the child you sponsor, you play an important part in their life. Your participation through letters and cards can inspire and encourage them. It’s amazing how messages of hope can boost children’s self-esteem  as well as showing them love.

How do I pay?

Direct Debit is the safest, easiest and most cost efficient way to pay your sponsorship. Provided you have a bank or building society account in the United Kingdom, from which Direct Debit is acceptable, we can automatically collect your donation on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis. This process is protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee. You can also pay by annual cheque or standing order. Alternatively, you can pay your regular donations to us by a bank or Charity Aid Foundation account cheque or bankers draft drawn in pounds sterling and payable to Children in Distress.

How long should I continue to be a sponsor?

We hope your link with your sponsored child will continue for a number of years. But, if your circumstances change, you can withdraw your support at any time.

Can I sponsor a child with my friends and work colleagues?


We have many schools, church groups and businesses that sponsor a child. If you decide to sponsor as part of a school, group or business, just  provide us with a clear point of contact for all our and your sponsored child’s communications.

How often will I hear from the child I sponsor?

When you first sponsor, you will receive a letter and picture, and you will be sent quarterly updates. You can then choose to write to your sponsored child; many children love communicating and receiving your responses. Through this unique and personal connection you can see for yourself what is happening in their local centre.