NET Distributes More Than Half of £40 Million Raised

National Emergencies Trust Has Distributed More Than Half of £40M Raised


Additional £5m sent to frontline charities brings total distributed to £22.5m

The Big Night In match funding brings new total to £60m to help people most affected by the coronavirus outbreak

The National Emergencies Trust has distributed a further £5m of funding this week to frontline charities supporting those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak across the UK. This brings total funds distributed in just over one month from the launch of the appeal to £22.5m – more than half of the total £40m pledged from corporates, charitable trusts and the public.


Last night’s The Big Night In fundraiser saw an additional £20m in match funding committed from the UK Government bringing the new total for the appeal to £60m. The money will be distributed through our partners across the country to help those who need it most, making a huge difference to the most vulnerable in society.


The Big Night In saw the Trust’s patron, the Duke of Cambridge, take part in a comedy sketch with Stephen Fry, followed by scenes of the Duke and his family clapping outside of their home to coincide with the clap for carers and key workers.

“We are thrilled to be getting the money so generously donated out to where it’s most needed so quickly. It means we’ve been able to make a big impact on those most devastated by the coronavirus outbreak by funding frontline charities and grassroots organisations to provide services like food banks, delivery services for essential items, mental health and isolation support.”


John Herriman, Chief Executive of the National Emergencies Trust

Local Distribution

The money has been distributed through UK Community Foundations to 47 local community foundations across the country. Many charities and projects across the UK have been supported by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, including:


Leeway Support, Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)

A domestic abuse support charity currently supporting 72 children who have previously lived in households affected by domestic abuse across their eight refuges in the region. As these children are now out of school and in isolation, Leeway is working to provide them with access to WiFi and online learning opportunities so they can continue to learn and not fall behind their peers.


Karis Neighbour Scheme, Edgbaston (Birmingham)

Encourages local people to volunteer their time and skills to help meet needs in their neighbourhood where these are being unmet. Their children and families work is focusing on Baby Bank provision and stepping up support for vulnerable families unable to get out to get essentials for their babies – i.e. formula and nappies.


Teesdale Community Resources (Durham)

the closure of the community ‘hub’ during the outbreak has led to the centre delivering care packages. They are buying fresh food from local businesses and making up hampers to deliver to those in self-isolation. In the first week, they delivered nine hampers, however after working with other local charities, and dealing with referrals from Durham County Council and Macmillan Cancer support, by week three they were delivering 75 hampers.

Key Messages

“We know the effects of this crisis will continue to be felt for a long time. That’s why the £20m in match funding from the UK Government for Comic Relief and Children In Need’s The Big Night In is so crucial to ensure this life-changing work can continue and why we all need to keep doing what we can to help.”


Gerald Oppenheim, Deputy Chair of the National Emergencies Trust

NET Coronavirus Appeal

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 on March 18, 2020. In the event of a national emergency, the charity allows financial awards to be made quickly and efficiently to people who need it most.

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