Centenary Events

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During our centenary year, we look back to see how far we’ve come since Eglantyne Jebb founded the charity in 1919. And we celebrate the fantastic achievements made together.

We’ve been there for children when they’ve needed us most; setting up nurseries in the UK during WWII, raising the alarm about the Ethiopian famine, reuniting families after the Rwandan genocide and launching our largest ever response to the Asian tsunami.

It’s the support of people like you that has made everything we’ve accomplished over the past 100 years possible.

Our centenary has seen a tremendous amount of activity, that all of us at Save the Children UK have been amazed by the efforts, dedication and support from so many volunteers and supporters.

The impact of our Centenary Year has reached far beyond our own organisation with some incredible engagement from so many different communities across the country. 

Upcoming events are listed below:

12pm at The Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea

A 3-course lunch with a well known celebrity guest author speaker. 

Featuring musical entertainment based on the stories of Roald Dahl and a presentation of the winners of the Save the Children Swansea Bay Primary Schools' creative writing competition.

In assosiation with swansea University/Dylan Thomas Prize/DylanEd project.

1 ticket £65 or 10 tickets £600. Early bird ticket £60.

Email stcliteraryluncheon@gmail.com to book


1pm at St Giles Church, West Bridgford

To celebrate the centenary of Save the Children, singers with or without experience are invited to an afternoon workshop to rehearse and perform a song each from each decarde of the century (1919-2019) at a concert. 

Interspersed with the songs, the audience will hear brief talks about the history of Save the Children over 100 years.

Tickets £5. Email je.piggott@btinternet.com to book

Eglantyne Jebb is remembered each year in the church calendar on December 17th as a social reformer and the founder of Save the Children in 1919.

For our centenary year, Save the Children supporters would like to mark this special day either on the day itself or the closest Sunday, December 15th, by asking Parish churches to ring their bells to commemorate the life, work and vision of Eglantyne and her sister, Dorothy Buxton, and remember them in prayers. 

Furthermore, If you would like to hold a bucket collection during or after the service, this would be a fantastic addition.

Please email fundraising@savethechildren.org.uk if you are taking part in Bells for Eglantyne or would like any resources to support your service.

Find out how our year's been so far

Clare Mulley toured her talks across the country and provided a great insight into one of the founders of Save the Children. The official biographies of both Dorothy Buxton and Eglantine Jebb have been promoted and discussed at length to a range of new audiences, and two bespoke Eglantyne busts were unveiled at the Royal Albert Hall alongside family members of the Jebb’s and Buxton’s.

The busts are now proudly situated in Farringdon and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where Eglantyne studied as an undergraduate. Anne Chamberlain has performed ‘Eglantyne’ across the UK enthralling audiences, continuing to put our founders at the heart of our celebrations. 

On the centenary weekend itself there were at five cathedral concerts at Bangor, Wells, Coventry, Canterbury and Chichester. The concerts raised over £7,000 and were each attended by hundreds of incredible supporters.

Volunteers up and down the country have been holding an amazing array of events from baking cakes and hosting cream teas through to holding fashion shows, writing poems, songs and anthems all in celebration of our Centenary.

The Titanic Ball in Northern Ireland raised a staggering £57,000 on one great night where volunteers from eleven branches came together to organise the Ball.

Famine in Russia, 1921 - 1923. 3 boys receiving aid from Save the Children

Famine in Russia, 1921 - 1923. 3 boys receiving aid from Save the Children