Little Heroes Comics
Charity Number: 1174304
Trustees' Annual Report
20/04/2017 - 13/08/2018
Objectives and activities
The primary objective of Little Heroes Comics is to provide children undergoing long term medical treatment in the UK with a fun and creative outlet by the provision of art materials through a comic making package.
Our key objectives for the year were as follows:
Build brand awareness within the UK comics scene
Build brand awareness within the Health Industry across the UK
Create and Distribute 500 kits to children across the UK
Achievements and performance
We successfully submitted and obtained our first charity grant from the National Lottery Big Fund. This was granted on the basis that the money raised would be used to create and distribute comic making kits to 1000 children across the UK. The grant was for an amount equalling £5,979.
Throughout this period Little Heroes Comics was able to send out over 700 comic making packages to over 14 different healthcare organizations across the UK, which was made possible by the grant from the National Lottery Big Fund. The success of this first rollout has enabled us to do research into what works well in the kits and what the play specialists and the children using them would like to see in future iterations. We have also built up a strong database of contacts within each of these hospitals and online to enable us to reach more hospitals and health care organisations over the next period.
Charity Fundraising Anthologies
During this period we worked with over 30 different creatives in the comic industry to create two comic Anthologies. We have sold these Anthologies at conventions and other events throughout the year and it has helped us raise an additional £4,700.
Throughout this period we have been heavily working with various comic conventions across the UK who have allowed us to table at their events. Via these tables we have given away small kits to children who come along and we have also been able to sell our Anthologies. As well as providing us with a platform to sell, these events have also been a great way to get exposure and generate additional funds; Margate Comic Con billed us as their sponsored charity for their event which helped raise over £400 via a charity auction. The conventions have also enabled us to reach more people within the industry who believe in what we do and reach more individuals who work in the locations we are trying to attract.
Little Heroes Comics makes the safeguarding of the children they work with a high priority. As such, we have now successfully implemented a new safeguarding policy and have made sure that any member of staff that interacts with children has been CRB checked. This year we also appointed our trustee, Susan Rackley, as the charity Designated Safeguarding Officer after the successful completion of the NSPCC Child protection: an introduction course.