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Fundraising for the Internet Watch Foundation

Become an IWF fundraising hero

As an independent charity, we depend on the public to help fund our work. Our donors are extraordinary people who care about keeping children safe online. They’re our IWF heroes and they run, cycle, sleep out, skydive, dress-up or make cakes to do their bit.

The people who help us come from all walks of life. They’ve different ages, nationalities and professions. What they share is a determination to help defend children online. And, they’ve joined the IWF family, by giving for good.

Throw on your running shorts, jump on your bike, or get cooking up a storm to help us protect the victims of abuse and all children online.

In 2020 alone, we removed over 150,000 webpages containing abhorrent images or videos of children being sexually abused. Each webpage might have contained a hundred or a thousand pictures. That’s equivalent to millions of criminal images removed from the open web.

We never forget that in each one of these images is a real child. We can’t fully understand their suffering, the horror that these youngsters endure. But we do know that the criminals who abuse them are ruthless. They share images of babies, toddlers, teenagers being raped and tortured online. Their depravity knows no bounds.

We also know that survivors of childhood abuse are tormented knowing that perpetrators can circulate a record of their suffering online. Our job is to give survivors some peace of mind. Our job is to work to remove criminal pictures from the web.

What can you do?

Every penny raised for us makes a difference. When you give to IWF it helps us further train our brilliant analysts. We support them in the incredibly difficult job they do.

Each working day our analysts hunt down, stop and remove disturbing imagery of children being sexually abused. Investing in these extraordinary people and their wellbeing, means that even more criminal images can be assessed and taken down; more survivors will be protected from the torment of knowing a record of their suffering is being shared online; and more perpetrators will have their efforts to circulate the suffering blocked.

We make a difference. So can you. It’s amazing what your donation can do.

Not sure where to start? 

Interested in taking part in fundraising for IWF? Get in touch with our Development Team. We’re here to help. Email fundraising@iwf.org.uk or call us on +44 (0)1223 20 30 30.

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Charity Challenge

Feeling energetic? Want to go solo, or get friends involved? Want a challenge that helps kids? You can trek, bike, climb, raft, ride, sledge, or ski to your limits. You’ll be able to achieve an incredible personal goal, while helping our important work at the same time. It’s a win, win!

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Sponsored Events

Interested in taking part in larger sponsored events such as a full or half Marathon? Ask us if we have any charity places available or enter yourself and nominate the IWF as your chosen charity. You can set up a sponsorship page with JustGiving where the funds you raise go directly to the IWF. It takes the headache out of collecting sponsorship money.

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Not sporty? No worries.

You can still support us with gaming events, sleep-in’s, coffee mornings or cooking challenges. IWF heroes use their imaginations to find innovative ways to help raise vital funds. How our IWF heroes raise funds: In lieu of birthday or wedding presents, as a personal charity of the year, for a special event and many more reasons.

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Our amazing team of fundraising runners at the Cambridge Half Marathon in 2021.
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Fundrasing for IWF helps us stop the repeat victimisation of children like Ana

 

We see Ana a lot. Every day at least. Sometimes twice a day. She’s been groomed into taking part in sexual activities from a very young age with people who we think are her relatives.

We first see her aged seven. We stop seeing her when she’s 11. Her long, tangled blond hair, green eyes and small frame being forced into things she shouldn’t know how to do. Most often she is with another little girl and an older boy. We guess they might be her brother and sister, but we don’t know for sure. They’re not playing. Not in the sense that children should be free to play. Sometimes we can see a man as well. Is this her father?

She’s in a home. We see her on an old stained sofa, sitting on threadbare carpets surrounded by peeling wallpaper. Ana has been made to pose provocatively and take part in several sexual activities. She’s also raped. Ana’s treatment is degrading and extremely cruel. Unfortunately, this is reality for the children we see in pictures and recordings in our Hotline.

You can help support children like Ana by fundraising for the Internet Watch Foundation or making a donation