Coronavirus Appeal enters a new chapter
A NEW CHAPTER
With more than £93million raised and £87million allocated, the Coronavirus Appeal is entering a new chapter. As we move from the crisis response phase of this pandemic into the longer term emergency, our focus now is to ensure that the final Appeal funds continued to be distributed to those in great need.
Communities are still facing immense challenges and charities will continue to play a vital role. One in eight adults in the UK expects to seek help from a charitable organisation in the coming 12 months as a direct result of the pandemic, according to a study we commissioned with Opinium. From assistance with accommodation due to changed financial circumstances, through to support with mental health and well-being, it is clear that needs will be vast, and varied.
Next week we will be announcing new partners who can help us to respond to certain unmet needs, in particular through telephone helpline services and digital support. These remote services will be especially important for the many thousands who won’t have sought support from a charity before, and may well feel unsure where to start.
As we move into this next phase of the Appeal, we say farewell to our CEO John Herriman, who has stepped down to look for a new challenge supporting the voluntary and community sector as it deals with the longer-term consequences of the pandemic. A passionate believer in the role of the voluntary and community sector, John has put collaboration at the heart of the way NET operates, and I’d like to wish him all the best in his next chapter.
While we are no longer actively seeking funds for the Coronavirus Appeal, given the sheer scale of the challenge in communities we continue to accept donations through our website. I’d like thank you again for your generosity, which is helping so many people all across the UK.
COO and Interim CEO, National Emergencies Trust
A VISIT FROM OUR ROYAL PATRON
All over the UK, local charities and groups are continuing to transform your donations into difference for people in their communities hard-hit by the pandemic.
Earlier this week, our Royal Patron, visited the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre in Shadwell, London to hear about their inspiring work.
The group has provided essential food packs and delivered hot meals and medicines to vulnerable local people. It has also been offering mental health support through counselling and practical advice, and a befriending service that has helped to keep the community safe and connected.
Those benefiting from support have ranged from local people recovering from Covid-19, to the elderly, and women and children escaping domestic abuse.
We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for a number of awards, including in partnership with NatWest Group whose colleagues and customers have helped to raise incredible sums of money for the Appeal in recent months.
In the coming weeks we will be keeping our fingers crossed for the following…
Big Impact Award
at the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2020
Partnership of the Year
with NatWest Group at the Ethical Corporation Awards 2020
Corporate Partnership of the Year
with NatWest Group at the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2020
Charity Partnership of the Year
with UK Community Foundations at the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2020
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