National Emergencies Trust publishes debut Annual Report and pledges to continue collaborative spirit
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has published its first Annual Report (2019-2020), which acknowledges the incredible collaborative effort that helped to conceive, create and launch the charity.
The report documents the NET’s journey from a Charity Commission recommendation in 2017, following learnings from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, to its official launch in November 2019, to the activation of the Coronavirus Appeal on 18 March 2020.
The NET was instigated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales to address the need for a coordinated national response to domestic disasters. It offers people one trusted place to give when the worst happens, and collaborates with other charities and groups to ensure that the funds raised reach those in need quickly and fairly.
In its Annual Report, the NET recognises the generous contributions of the more than 100 organisations and individuals that helped to shape everything from the charity’s operating model to its guiding values. Input from emergency survivors, grant-makers, fundraisers, government and the emergency services were invaluable in ensuring the NET’s readiness for the Coronavirus Appeal.
Mhairi Sharp, CEO, National Emergencies Trust, said: “The NET was borne out of a shared desire by the sector to do the very best by the public when the worst happens. To offer those that are able to make a donation a trusted place to do so, and to ensure those whose lives are affected receive as much support possible, as quickly as possible.
“We are currently proving that concept through our Coronavirus Appeal, which has raised more than £97million for people in need and provided grants to more than 12,000 charities and groups. I’m hugely grateful to everyone who contributed their time and expertise to our inception, and to our founding funders. While the scale and complexity of the pandemic wasn’t something we’d ever envisaged responding to, their support ensured we were prepared and ready to activate when we were needed.”
The NET’s Annual Report sets out its key focus areas for the coming year, which include contributing to a fairer and stronger sector for the longer term, harnessing digital technologies to create a truly efficient charity and exploring further ways to collaborate with sector peers and supporters.
General The Lord Richard Dannatt, Chair of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “Collaboration has been a hallmark of the NET’s journey so far and it will be even more important for us to continue in that spirit. The public and UK charities face an extremely challenging period ahead. But by standing together as a sector to share our learnings, knowledge and networks, we will be better able to ensure support reaches those in need.”
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