An Introduction to the Coram Foundation and the Coram Festival of Lights:
A word with Dickensian connotations for me, the Foundling Museum provides a home to what is left of the Foundling Hospital. The Coram Foundation is named after the founder of the The Foundling Hospital, Captain Thomas Coram (1668-1751)s. Horrified by the number of children dying on the streets of London he campaigned for seventeen years to estal blish the Foundling Hospital for the “Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children”. The hospital received a Royal Charter from King George II, the Hospital was built and the first Foundlings admitted in 1745.
In fact the original building was demolished when the hospital relocated out of London but the museum houses a collection of memorabilia and art connected with the Foundlings. And the original Charitable Foundation continues, working today to provide adoption services and to help children, young people and struggling parents. This year it is celebrating it’s 275th Anniversary.
In the midst of Christmas preparations, I managed to miss the Coram Festival of Lights, one of a special series of historic walks arranged by the charity. I’m a little sad that I did miss the event because it included free entry to the Foundling Museum in addition to a guided tour of Bloomsbury, where the foundation started. But, I’m hopeful that there will be another event in 2015 that I can make.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of ways for people to get involved. The Coram Foundation has a London Marathon team with guaranteed places for anyone able to raise a suitable level of sponsorship. And, if you’ve ever fancied a sky-dive, that’s another opportunity to raise money while challenging yourself on a totally different level. There are opportunities for all sorts of volunteering, in the heart of London. Finally, you could always just make a donation.
Find out more about the Coram Foundation from their website