Christmas appeal has had a huge boost this week after Bank of America Merrill Lynch came on board and pledged a significant donation to the fund.

We are very grateful to the bank and all its staff for its generous support and delighted that they are backing our campaign for Opportunity International.

More than £142,000 has been given so far, including a number of personal donations. We extend special thanks to David Williams from Avanti Communications for his gift, which is worth £2,250 to the appeal.

It isn’t too late to donate and we have easy ways to do so by phone, by text, and through our website. Every contribution is very welcome.

Through our match funding agreement, all donations from UK individuals will be matched by the Government pound for pound.

Our online auction is still taking bids on our exciting and unique prizes – visit www.cityam.com/auction to view the lots and start your bidding.