The Lily Trust was set up to show love and compassion through the giving of essential, practical gifts which are not provided by other sources, and to support survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. It also empowers those with a heart for survivors and a passion for justice to do something tangible. We are working in partnership with other charities, churches and community groups to make this a national initiative.

Wherever possible, items requested by Caseworkers for vulnerable women and babies whom they are supporting, will be sourced by The Lily Trust. This includes: Push chairs, Moses Baskets, High chairs, Cots etc. These items will be second hand goods of the highest quality. This will also include items purchased new which are considered as essentials for nursing mums including: breast pads, maternity pads, and nursing bras.

The Lily Trust will not provide second hand car seats. 

What we do

The Lily Trust provides clothing, nappies and other essential items for babies and children.

The Lily Trust is working with other charities to raise awareness of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.  This includes presentations in:

  • The work place

  • Community Groups

  • Charities

  • Churches

  • Schools

  • VI Form Colleges

  • Adult Education Centres

 Who is Lily?

Lily’s story was first told in The Pall Mall Gazette in 1885 in a series of articles entitled “The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon”. At that time the age of consent was 13 years old. Young girls were not protected against exploitation for sexual purposes. Many social activists had sought to bring change through the House of Commons, but they were unable to push through their campaigns. W T Stead was the young editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, he worked with a group of social activists to draw attention to the prevalence of child prostitution. The group included Bramwell Booth (son of the founder of the Salvation Army) and a reformed brothel keeper, Rebecca Jarrett. Their plan was to purchase a young virgin girl from her parents to prove that this was a common transaction in the Victorian underworld - buying and selling young girls as commodities to satisfy the desires of those who could afford it. Stead carried out his plan and with the help of his campaigners bought a young 13 year old girl, Eliza Armstrong. Eliza was handed over to the Salvation Army for care.

 

The successful campaign led to the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 which raised the age of consent to 16 years of age. When Stead published the story of Eliza he changed her name to Lily.

 

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