Arms Around The Child

Previous Events


Check out our past events and the amazing people, celebrities, venues, musicians, organisations and locations we have worked with to raise essential funds for our work

Event: Match Worn Shirts

Date: Ended 8th April 2023

Venue: Online 

Host: Match Worn Shirts Chelsea FC

Contributors: Chelsea Football team 

Exciting opportunity to own a match-worn shirt!
Arms Around The Child sadly lost their friend and global ambassador, Christian Atsu, in the terrible earthquake that devastated parts of Turkey and Syria on February 6th, 2023. He was laid to rest in a respectful state funeral in Accra, Ghana on 17th March where hundreds of people paid their last respects.

Christian was a benevolent and humble man who was born into poverty but followed his dreams and became an international football player; here he was able to use his status and talent to help others. He was signed by Chelsea Football Club in 2013 and went on to have a very successful footballing career.

We are excited to tell you that Christian’s former football clubs Chelsea and Everton have pledged to auction the shirts worn by the players and other items from their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on March 18th. The money raised will be going to Arms Around the Child, and it will fund the completion of the school we started building with Christian in Senya Beraku, Ghana in 2018.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said: ‘This initiative allows us to celebrate the life of Christian, an individual who was well-loved within the club and someone we deeply miss. On March 18th we faced another of Christian’s former teams, Everton, and it feels appropriate that we look to build on the fantastic charity work Christian had started with Arms Around The Child to build a new school that will benefit orphaned children in his home country. Christian’s wonderful personality shone through during the times we shared together and any contribution to the shirt auction will offer valuable support towards the legacy he leaves behind.’

We have some exciting new additions to the auction including a signed Gary Cahill shirt, an ex-Chelsea centre-back from 2012-2019!

Christian regularly visited the children’s home and was the school’s main benefactor. He was an advocate for education for all, believing that schooling could provide children with a brighter future. Everton captain Seamus Coleman said: “Everyone connected with the Club was devastated to hear the terrible news about Christian. I remember him fondly from his brief time with us, as a warm, unassuming person whose personality shone brightly. This project to build a new school for orphaned children is a fitting legacy for someone who never forgot his humble roots. Hopefully, the shirt auction will help achieve that aim and Christian’s name will forever be associated with such a worthwhile venture.”

Event: Escape to the Farm

Date: 09/09/23

Venue: Rushmere Farm, Hambledon, Hampshire

Host: The People’s Lounge / Arms Around The Child / Rushmere Farm

Contributors: Thank you to everyone  who came.
Performers, Hosts & Workshops @kairasoundtherapy @themindfulmovementcoach_ @thefrontroomsouthsea @thehungryherbivores @huntergatherercoffee @colourofthejungle @mamihealer @southseagroovecollective @drumnation.tribe @elisebuddleyoga @rebalance_pilates_fitness @livewellsouthsea @fiadhaichems @yoga.with.alex.x @yogaglowsouthsea @greentreeyogaportsmouth  @myfriendlyplanet.arts  Artwork by @e_jane_art

Event: Arms Around The Child Art Auction

Date: 11-11-2022

Venue: Christies London

Host: Arms Around The Child / Christies

Artwork From: David Shrigley, Chrissie Hynde, Ben Summers, Jamie Hewlett, George Morton Clark, Mr. Brainwash, The Connor Brothers, Joe Machine, Bartholomew Beal & more

Event: World Music Village

Date: 26/27/28th August 2022

Venue: Victorious Festival, Southsea Common Portsmouth

Host: Arms Around The Child

Performances: Blue Lab Beats, Natty, Neon Hitch, Electric Jalaba, Afrocluster, Kongo Dia Ntotila, Faith I Branko

Event: Escape to the Farm

Date: 10th September 2022

Venue: Rushmere Farm, Hambledon

Host: Arms Around The Child

Performances and workshops: The People’s Lounge, Hungry Herbivores, Megan Linford, KT Wild, Drum Nation, The Front Room, The Max Effect & More

Event: World Music Village

Date: 27/28/19th August 2021

Venue: Victorious Festival, Southsea Common Portsmouth

Host: Arms Around The Child

Performances by: Mariachi Las Adelitas, Grupo Locito, Gypsy Hill, Platypus Complex, K T Wild, The Dhol Foundation, Noon Garden

Event: Christmas Auction With Superstars

Date: 16th December 2020 

Venue: Online

Host: Arms Around the Child 

Event: The Power of Football to Create Global Social Change

Date: 23rd July 2019 

Venue: Front/Back Accra, Ghana

Host: Arms Around the Child 

Event: World Music Village 2019 

Date: 23-25th August, 2019

Venue: Victorius Festival, Southsea Common, Portsmouth

Host: Arms Around The Child

Performances by: Dhol Foundation, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Zion Train, The Majestic, Mango Seed, The people’s Lounge, Bhangra, African and World Music

Event: The World Music Village 2018 

Date: 24th, 26th, 27th August 2018 

Venue: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth, UK

Host: Arms Around the Child 

Performances by: Neneh Cherry, The Turbans, Channel One Soundsystem, The Majestic, Danny Dadwa, Kasai Masai 

Event: The Black Star Gala 2018 

Date: 14th March, 2018

Venue: The Hilton Gateshead, Newcastle, NE8 2AR 

Host: Christian Atsu

Performances by: Ramz, CHARLOTTE, VOICES OF VIRTUE

DJ: Marvin Humes

Event: The World Music Village, Victorious Festival 2017

Venue: Southsea, Portsmouth, UK 

Performances by: Neneh Cherry, Macka B, Black Slate, Des-C, Matuki, Duke Bossa, Sasha Ilyukevich & the Highly Skilled Migrants, Pan Jazz International Ensemble, Fellowship of The Groove, Emiliyah and the Mighty Z Allstars…

Event: Art Around the Child 

Date: 16th November, 2017

Venue: Fiat Chrysler Motor Village, London

Host: Hugh Edmeades

Pieces by: 3D (Massive Attack), Alastair Mackie, Alexander Newley, Altr-ego, Andrew Logan, Ann-Marie James, Beatrice Brown, Ben Summers, Bradley Morgan Johnson, Dangerous Minds, David Byrne, Derrick Santini, Diego Fortunato, Edward Akrout, George Morton Clark, Graeme Messer, Hannah Matthews, Hassan Hajjaj, Hayden Kays, Helena Christensen, Hiroshi Aoki, Jamie Reid, Katharina Hacker, Ilkar Cinarel, Jimmy Galvin, Laura Zeni, Lauren Baker, Meredith Ostrum, Michael Thompson, Mr Brainwash, Nancy Fouts, Nasser Azam, Paul Broomfield, Pure Evil, Rebecca Mason, Rob and Nick Carter, Romulo Celdran, Sky Sharrock, Terry O’Neill, Toni Gallagher and Zandra Rhodes.

Date: 4th June, 2014

Venue: One Mayfair, London

Host: Mark Ronson

Performances by: Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine, Angelique Kidjo, Rudimental, Blood Orange, Nate Ruess, Lykke Li, Mikky Ekko, A$AP Rocky

DJ: Samantha Ronson

Date: 10th December 2013

Venue: Highline Ballroom

Host: Mark Ronson

Musical Direction: Jeff Bhasker

Honorees: Bob Roth, Peter Edge and Mark Seliger

Performances by: The Black Keys, Miguel, A$AP Rocky Mikky Ekko, Lykke Li, Nate Ruess

DJ: Samantha Ronson

Partner Events


We are proud to have been chosen as beneficiaries of fundraising events in London and New York.

More than 400 people joined Arms Around the Child and the amazing cast and producers of Sleep No More for a spectacular immersive fundraiser and launch of the endgame Campaign in New York City. Sleep No More’s McKittrick Hotel opened its doors to celebrity, famed actors & adored musicians to perform, play, and lose themselves in the mystery of this live film noir.  The event also featured pre- and post-show performances by Santigold, Angela McCluskey, DJ Chelsea Leyland, The Hot Sardines and King Holiday.  The event was hosted by Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Geoffrey Rush, Lou Reed, and others.

Arms Around The Child was absolutely delighted and privileged to have been chosen as The Asian Awards beneficial partner at this prestigious event in London. The 3rd Asian Awards  honoured excellence from all Asian countries, over 25 in total and included awards for global Asian icons such as musician Nicole Scherzinger, Ben Kingsley and the legendary Bruce Lee being honoured posthumously. Spotted in the audience among influencers and taste makers were current politicians, Lord Coe who opened the procedings, Peter Andre, Mitch Winehouse, Gurindar Chadha, Nina Wadia among many others.