Lumos (charity)

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Formation 2005
Type NGO
Purpose Children/young people's welfare; health/education/social care; family support
  • London, UK (head office)
Region served Europe
Chief Executive Georgette Mulheir
Main organ Council of Trustees, chaired by J K Rowling

Lumos, formerly known as the Children’s High Level Group, is a charity chaired by author J. K. Rowling.[1]

Lumos is an international NGO (charity registered in England and Wales registered charity number 1112575) working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in the European Region, where one million children live in large, residential institutions. Lumos believes that institutionalisation is a form of abuse, because research shows that, despite best intentions, institutions harm the health and development of children. The organisation works on seven different levels – from the individual child to international decision makers – to transform education, health and social care systems for children and their families; helping to move children move from institutions to family-based care. Lumos wants to end the systematic institutionalisation of disadvantaged children across Europe.[2]

Lumos works in partnership with governments, professionals and carers, communities, families and children, to transform outdated systems that drive families apart.[3]

The charity is currently working on projects in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The charity runs an annual fund-raising campaign on International Children's Day (1 June) each year, called Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos.[4]

Its Trustees are Kazem Behbehani, Bryan Ellis, Roger Singleton, Lucy Smith, Neil Blair, Rachel Wilson, Sandy Loder, Rita Dattani and Nick Crichton.[5]


In 2005, Emma Nicholson and J. K. Rowling joined forces to address the problem of institutionalised and disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe. Together they formed an English charity (the Children’s High Level Group) and a Romanian charity (the Asociatia Children’s High Level Group).[1]

In January 2010, Emma Nicholson resigned as Co-Chair of the board of the English charity. She continues as Chair of the Romanian charity (the Asociatia Children’s High Level Group), in which capacity she is furthering the work she began there and directing its resources to existing and new projects. The other board members of the Romanian Charity are Simona Andrei, Professor Kevin Browne, Mariela Neagu, Aneta Popescu-Black, Jonathan Scheele, Anthony Steen, Alin Teodorescu and Ion Tiriac.

The English charity was re-launched as ‘Lumos’ in 2010.[6] The name Lumos comes from the spell in the Harry Potter books, which causes a small beam of light to emit from the spell-caster's wand.


  1. ^ a b "Who we are". Lumos. 2013-02-25. 
  2. ^ "The Solution". Lumos. 2013-02-25. 
  3. ^ "What we Do". Lumos. 2013-02-25. 
  4. ^ "JK Rowling and Stephen Fry Demonstrate the Power of Twitter". Business Review Europe. 2011-06-11.  Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Our Trustees". Lumos. 2013-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Charities". J.K. Rowling.  Retrieved 4 September 2013.

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