The ABC Fund was founded in 1991. It's purpose was to encourage children to raise funds to bring a smile to other children by providing them with treats.​

Starting in a small way we bought pantomime tickets, Christmas food hampers which we still do to this day only on a much bigger scale.

We also bought in vouchers, provided equipment for holiday play schemes, 1500 colouring books and crayons for the hospital as well as trauma teddies for the ambulance service.​

As our funds grew, so did our activities. We bought in more pantomime seats, increased the number of food hampers and enjoyed many more days out.​

Today we are a small and voluntary team raising funds and organising many activities for children.


2013 - Queens Honours List – British Empire Medal

Some notable examples are Anne Bickmore, who founded the charity The ABC Fund to help under privileged children with food, day out and Christmas presents in East Sussex

David Cameron

2015 - East Sussex Women of the Year Luncheon

2015 - Halifax Extra Awards Winner

2017 - Unsung Hero Lewes District Council

2022 - Recognised by The Chairman of East Sussex County Council



Your amazing work goes from strength to strength. Your support to children and their families from a humble beginning is wonderful. We have always treasured the memories of you being such a strength to us. The ABC team work work so hard and their work is so much appreciated by an enormous amount of children and their families. We are prime examples. Thanks ABC team for all your tirelessly good work. Thank you on behalf of all.

One of our first families who are still in touch

Myself and our Families can never thank The ABC Fund enough for the amazing experience of a pantomime, meeting real characters afterwards!! And the incredible hampers, many families wouldn’t have the treats they were given at Christmas if it wasn’t for The ABC Fund!

Local Authority Social Worker

We have been given panto tickets and received Xmas hampers for our poorest families every year. I cannot count how many times The ABC Fund has made our users smile – but dealing with them has been the fun part of my job and I will be eternally grateful

Project Leader

My little boy with autism never smiles and never laughs - he dislikes going on any trips out with because of anxiety.
Today on the way home on the train his sister said “we need to go to the shop for milk mum.” My son replied “oh no we don’t” then laughed like I’ve never heard him laugh.
I asked him if he had a nice time,  he then replied …  “we’ll have to do it again then.” I cried so much because he was so happy.
I can’t thank you enough ABC Charity xx

A grateful mum

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the hampers this year, they were absolutely amazing and made the families so, so happy.  Such lovely food in them, real treats for the children!

Brighton Children's Services

One of the two families I delivered to - the Mum burst into tears when she looked in the bag. She said Abcfund stood for “Absolutely Brilliant Cheer bringers “. The 2 children in the other family were jumping up and down with delight - they stood on the door step looking for Santa as Mum had said I must be one of his helpers!

A volunteer

Thank you for the most amazing day , everyone had great fun

My two had a amazing trip thank you so much to the abcfund  who paid for trip thank you again

Thank you for a lovely boat trip was first time for all of us on a boat

Wow thank you for our boat trip

Thank you for letting us join you on boat trip it was lovely and great to spend the time out of the house together

FSW Key Worker


The ABC Fund receives sponsorship as well as donations to keep our community work going.

Every penny of any money we receive goes towards the fund and helping children.

The ABC Fund receives sponsorship as well as donations to keep our community work going.

Every penny of any money we receive goes towards the fund and helping children.

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