Coronavirus Appeal Update – November 2020
The National Emergencies Trust Board has decided to once again accept donations to the Coronavirus Appeal from corporates, charitable trusts and foundations who would like to contribute, following the introduction of stricter lockdown measures across the country.
The need within communities continues and a number of corporate donors have expressed a strong desire to lend support, with donations from M&G plc and Amazon UK being the first confirmed corporate commitments.
There is particular concern for those who are likely to be hard-hit by the latest data and measures – those facing financial hardship, those vulnerable and isolated, and those whose mental health has been affected by these uncertain times.
Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “The need is clearly still there within communities. So we’re extremely grateful that, in these challenging times, a number of our donors would like to continue to support the Appeal. It reflects the inspiring and enduring generosity the nation has shown through an exceptionally challenging year.
“Any further support we can get out to people at village and street level will be warmly welcomed, and make a huge difference to those in need at a very difficult time. That’s why we’re once again accepting donations to the Coronavirus Appeal from corporates, charitable trusts and foundations who would like to contribute. Likewise, members of the public who feel able to donate can still do so, as has continued to be the case since the Appeal first launched.
“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has already made a donation. The difference they’ve been able to make is truly incredible.”
To-date the Coronavirus Appeal has raised £94m, and £91m of this has been allocated, to UK Community Foundations (UKCF) and its network to reach small local charities UK-wide, and to ten national charity partners, each focused on a specific unmet need.
Donations received by the Coronavirus Appeal will continue to be distributed through the NET’s existing charity partners. The NET will be updating its website this week with information about its partners’ own live appeals, should people wish to support them directly.