You’d better be sitting down, because here we have… TA DAH!!!… An ethical Christmas Onesie!!!!
It’s almost too much, isn’t it? You don’t know whether to laugh or cry? Wait till you hear the back story:
In 1996, all-round amazing and inspiring woman, Camila Batmanghelidjh, set up a children’s charity called Kids Company to provide practical, emotional and educational support to some of the most traumatised young people living in London. These children come from areas and families which suffer severe deprivation and face high levels of risk. Often their parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical or emotional challenges, but Camila sees their extraordinary courage and dignity, and works to give them chances in life they would otherwise not have.
Camila and Kids Company have received numerous awards and accolades for their extraordinary work in advocating for vulnerable children. In 2007 Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and JUSTICE Human Rights Award. In 2009 Camila was named Business Woman of the Year for the Dods and Scottish Widows Public Life Awards. She has also been awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and Coutts and the Most Admired Chief Executive by Third Sector Magazine. She won the lifetime achievement award from the Centre of Social Justice. In 2010 Kids Company was selected as a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ by the End Child Poverty project for their success in enabling children to achieve their full potential. Camila and Kids Company were given the Award for Innovative Excellence by Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now. In 2012 Kids Company received the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Award.
Now, in 2013, Camila employs more than 550 staff, benefits from some 11,000 people volunteering annually and reaches 36,000 children a year with therapeutic care.
In this unique collaboration with John Lewis, children using Kids Company’s services created a Christmas-themed collection of artwork that now feature on a range of vibrant, warm and practical clothing. Items include ethical onesies, t-shirts and bags, all made in Sedex approved factories.
10% of the selling price goes straight back to Kids Company and the children at the heart of the venture.
Items go on sale on October 30th at various John Lewis Stores and online… so stock up for a good cause and spread the word!!
PS Kids Company do all sorts of other important and extraordinary work which changes the lives of young people. Visit their website to get involved or to make a financial donation.