Final Replay 66 raises more than £400K to-date for grassroots charities all over the UK
The most iconic moment in English footballing history – England’s dramatic 1966 World Cup Final win over West Germany – was broadcast in full on Channel 4 on Sunday 7 June to raise money for the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal.
Thanks to the public’s generosity, and match-funding from NatWest as part of their ambition to raise £10 million for the National Emergencies Trust, the game has already helped to raise more than £400K, providing vital funds to small charities and groups meeting urgent needs all over the UK.
The programme, which was presented by Gabby Logan and included a line-up of celebrity guests, featured a series of mini films showing how National Emergencies Trust funds are enabling grassroots organisations to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The films also followed the stories of local volunteers, such as Morrison Patai Jiel (Oasis Cardiff) and Courtney Cooper (Monkstown Boxing Club) who spoke of how they had benefitted personally from the chance to give back to their communities.
Morrison left South Sudan when he was eighteen years old, fleeing the war and faced a difficult journey, losing his friend on the way. He is now a volunteer for Oasis Cardiff, which helps refugees and asylum seekers integrate into the local community and which is providing food during the pandemic. He said, “Oasis helped me rebuild myself. It’s like home for me. I’m so grateful to be able to repay back the community for what they have done for me.”
Monkstown Boxing Club
Courtney Cooper, a volunteer for Monkstown Boxing Club lost her grandma to COVID-19, which was a massive shock to her. She said: “It was hard mentally so it was a really good thing to have the Club and I was able to come and speak to people.” The charity has been running a food bank programme during the pandemic helping a range of people in the local community.
Sunday’s programme attracted an average audience of 1 million with a peak of 1.4 million as the game reached extra time. It was made possible by FIFA, which granted Final Replay the rights to the original game footage to support the National Emergencies Trust.
Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust
“We’re extremely grateful to the public for supporting Sunday’s game and the Coronavirus Appeal. As we saw from the charities featured in the programme, this funding means they can provide vital services to their communities at this extremely challenging time. I’d also like to extend my thanks to FIFA, Channel 4 and the teams at Final Replay, Whisper, Timeline and Crowdfunder for making it all happen.”
NET Coronavirus Appeal
The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal is supporting a diverse range of organisations on the community frontline, from food banks and meal delivery efforts to mental health support groups and voluntary medical services.
Final Replay 66 is available to watch on All4 and You Tube until 30th June.
The text to donate option shown in the programme will remain open until that time.
Viewers can also donate online via Crowdfunder by clicking the Donate button below