Host of Famous Faces Support National Appeal


Host of Famous Faces Support National Appeal for Local Charities



Good causes across the UK have been granted another £5m bringing the total to £17.6m so far, as support increases for The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal to rapidly help some of the UK’s most vulnerable communities in their time of need.

More than 20 celebrities have also appeared in this short film, released today by the charity urging everyone who can, to donate £5 to The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal (#NETCoronavirusAppeal) by texting NET 70141.

Its release coincides with the announcement that The National Emergencies Trust has already distributed £17.6 million since the appeal launched one month ago to help people most in need who are dealing with the impact of illness, social isolation, loss of income and homelessness.


Among the star-studded line-up are Alesha Dixon (who features alongside her daughter), Chris Baber, Claudia Winkleman, Dr Ranj Singh, Fearne Cotton, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Joe Lycett, Kate Thornton, Keith Lemon, Melanie Blatt, Michelle Dockery, Michelle Heaton, Miranda Hart, Mollie King, Pixie Lott, Russell Kane, Sharon Osbourne, Sonali Shah, Tom Allen, Radio 2’s Trevor Nelson, and Zöe Salmon.


In the film, Fearne Cotton shares her view on how “we’re all trying to adjust to a new normal”, calling it  a “tricky” situation, but highlighting that “there are people out there in desperate need of help”. Miranda Hart called the work of The National Emergencies Trust ‘brilliant’, urging people to support it and Mollie King from the Saturdays stressed the many ways the National Emergencies Trust is supporting vulnerable people, including those facing homelessness, with mental health issues, vulnerable children and people in need of food.


Local Distribution

Over the last four weeks, many charities and projects across the UK have been supported by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, including:


Safety 4 Sisters in Manchester

A charity that helps women fleeing domestic violence and providing any support necessary during the lockdown 


The Kyra Women's Project

The project is supporting more than 90 vulnerable women in the local community, offering emergency counselling to help those struggling during the coronavirus outbreak. Funding awarded by the National Emergencies Trust has enabled the Project to offer an immediate emergency counselling service (for which there is usually a waiting list), to provide vital mental health support to vulnerable women.


Charter House Activity Centre in Burnley

The Charter House Activity Centre has seen a tenfold increase in demand since the start of the outbreak. The centre is delivering more than 700 meals to people with learning and physical disabilities every week, and funds awarded by the National Emergencies Trust are going towards food, travel, packaging and cleaning products – so they can continue to provide support to those who most need.  


Scottish Opera in Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s amazing costume and props department, have already made around 700 sets of PPE for frontline NHS workers, as well as providing truck transportation to supermarkets.  


Monkstown Boxing Club in Northern Ireland

Delivers around 300 soup meals per week to households. Funds from the National Emergencies Trust were critical in helping the Club set up its soup kitchen. They were used to buy essentials like pots, hobs and food containers.   

Major businesses and charitable trusts across the UK, as well as the British public, have all generously donated to the appeal which is responding to the needs of local communities across the UK.

NET Coronavirus Appeal

The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal was launched on March 18, 2020, with the support of the Duke of Cambridge.

Anyone can make a donation and further donations can be made by clicking the below button.

or by texting NET to 70141 to donate £5

Key Messages

“It’s great to see so many well-known faces throwing their support behind the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and helping us raise awareness. We are grateful to everyone who has made a donation so far. Everyone who supports us can be confident that money is reaching those in need quickly and making an immediate difference to the most vulnerable in our communities at this difficult time.”


John Herriman, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal was launched in partnership with the British Red Cross and with the support of HRH Duke of Cambridge. In the event of a national emergency, the charity allows financial awards to be made quickly and efficiently to people who need it most. Thelma Stober, who is a National Emergencies Trust board member and London 7/7 bombing survivor knows all too well how important this is.

“By helping to raise lots of money at a national level, we have the ability to make a huge difference at a very local level. Right now, we’re partnering with 47 community foundations across the UK who have an in-depth understanding of their local area, what the priority needs are and how best to address these issues. This gives us great agility and allows us to distribute funds to those most in need, within a short timeframe, which is critical, especially if you’re unwell, isolated, vulnerable or unable to leave your home for the very basics.”


Thelma Stober, National Emergencies Trust Trustee