Bongo Ball 2013


The Living by Giving Trust are pleased to announce that the Xavier Project are organising a “Bongo Ball” in London on 8 March 2013 – all to raise money for the project.

From Xavier Project:
“Be sure to save the date for this ‘bongo brilliant’ event, and we will post more information about when tickets will be available on here shortly. Any questions, or if you are keen to be involved, please contact Look forward to seeing you there! The Bongo London Committee”. More information can be seen, here.

Please do come along if you can!

The Living by Giving Trust supports the Xavier Project amongst its projects, please see our special page for more information, here.

Bea receives a new buggy

To make travelling with Bea a lot easier, it was essential for her to have a buggy that could also carry her equipment with her. Following a very generous donation from Sky Insurance, through the Living By Giving Trust, this was purchased for her and has been a massive help to Bea and her family.

Many thanks to all involved in that project.

Revisiting the St. Ignatius Soup Run

In 2010, the Living by Giving Trust provided vital equipment and apparatus to the St. Ignatius Soup Run so that the group could continue the good work it had carried out for over 20 years, which was to support the homeless. Recently, some Living by Giving Trust volunteers returned to see the fruits of its investments.

Every Saturday, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee, orange and a range of other products are prepared throughout the day in Stamford Hill. On a recent Saturday at about 7.30pm, we and some other local volunteers met and made the journey together to a regular spot in Lincoln’s Inn Field in Central London to distribute all of our supplies.

Within seconds, the volunteers were flocked with crowds of people gratefully drinking cups of tea and eating sandwiches. The appreciation and goodwill was quite humbling, though it was sad to think that many people still sleep rough, partcularly with the colder months of the year not far away. Some Saturdays there are several ‘Soup Run’ groups that can turn up at this well known spot, but on this particular day we were the only ones. Within ten minutes of madness, we ran are out of everything, but were satisfied we had been able to serve everyone who wanted something. We stayed and chatted to various people for a little while longer before again making our way back to North London. A truly rewarding evening and we were still back early enough to be in the pub by 9.30!

The St. Ignatius Soup Run works to a rota, so volunteers are not expected to turn up on a weekly basis, plus there is always a lot of flexibility. If you would be interested in volunteering for this or any other cause similar, please get in touch with us.

We see ourselves as an ‘enabling charity.’ We really want to enable as many people as possible to Live by Giving and if we can give anyone the platform to do that, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

By Stephen Daly

Matched funding – 1 Week to Donate




We at Living By Giving know that our supporters are incredibly generous, and that you want your donations to go as far as possible in helping those most in need.

Confident in this knowledge, we at Living By Giving have made an act of faith in supporting a major campaign by the highly respected development agency CAFOD.

As some of you will know, this Spring CAFOD has been raising money to make clean water available to people in some of the economically poorest parts of our globe, through its “Thirst For Change” campaign.

The brilliant thing about this campaign is that donations are being matched by the UK Government. Every pound donated by the public to CAFOD’s “Thirst For Change” campaign receives a further pound from the government.

Living By Giving has given £200 to CAFOD’s campaign, which means that, thanks to matched funding, £400 will go to help bringing clean water to people.

One in eight people in the world still don’t have access to clean water. Every twenty seconds a child dies because of dirty water.

Here at Living By Giving we are so confident in the support of our donors we believe that between you, you will match the £200 we’ve donated to CAFOD. If you donate a pound for our pound, government-matched funding will mean that ultimately four pounds will go to help CAFOD’s campaign.

If you, our Living By Giving supporters, match our £200 between you, then ultimately £800 will go towards this brilliant campaign.


Please donate now via the CAFOD website.

You don’t need to tell Living By Giving that you’ve donated – we’re really confident that you’ll match us – but you might like to spread word of the campaign to friends, perhaps via Facebook.

Please give what you can now. Thank you for being such amazing supporters.

The Living by Giving Trust Welcomes a New Trustee

After an interview process, we are very pleased to announce a new trustee.

From Johan Bergström-Allen: “As Chair of Living by Giving I’m delighted to welcome Ali Bergström-Allen to our board of trustees. Since she happens to be my little sister I’m more used to teasing than praising Ali, but my fellow trustees and I are very confident that she will bring great skills to the role, as well as a sparkling personality and commitment to making the world a better place. We’re so glad that she’ll be joining our team, and her experience in business, management, IT and artistic production will greatly enhance our work. Thank you for sharing your time and dedication with us Ali, and welcome!”

We all welcome Ali to the board of trustees.

Ali said: “Hello Everyone! I have followed the wonderful work that the Living by Giving Trust has done so far, and I am incredibly honoured to be part of such a great team! I know that I am a very fortunate person, and am hugely grateful for everything that I have in my life. The Living By Giving Trust stands for everything I believe in…that everyone deserves a good quality of life and that ‘those who have must help those who have not’. I’ve had experience with volunteer work, both for charities and for events, and I hope to bring some of my experience to the group. Really looking forward to the year ahead!!”

Johan Bergström-Allen, Chair (2011 – 2012)