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NET Welcomes The Duke of Cambridge as Patron

National Emergencies Trust Has Distributed A Total of £12.5m As It Welcomes The Duke of Cambridge As Patron



Hundreds of food banks and distribution services for medicines and essential goods are receiving support.

Today the National Emergencies Trust has announced a further £5m of funding has been distributed to charities across the UK, helping those communities most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. This brings total funds distributed in less than a month from the launch of the Trust’s appeal to £12.5m; money generously given by the public, major charitable trusts, and businesses.


The news comes as the Trust is delighted to welcome the Duke of Cambridge as its new and only Patron following his conversations with two early beneficiaries of NET funds; the Moorland Community Charity in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Dal Dy Dir community farm in Powys, Wales.


“I think Britain is at its best when faced with a crisis. We all pull together and that community spirit comes rushing back quicker than anything else.”


The Duke of Cambridge

“After his steadfast support for the National Emergencies Trust from our launch last November through into this Coronavirus Appeal, all connected with the NET are delighted that The Duke of Cambridge has honoured our work by becoming our Patron for 2020.  We look forward to working with him, and our partners in the UK Community Foundation network, to help communities across the country tackle the dramatic rise in food poverty as well as the many other increasingly pressing social issues arising from this crisis.”


Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust

So far, a total of £25m has been pledged to the Coronavirus Appeal with a further £20m in match funding promised from the Government. Further distributions will be made in the coming days, to continue to support the most vulnerable in society.


The money will be distributed through UK Community Foundations to 50 local community foundations across the country.


The appeal is responding to the needs of local communities across the UK and allocating money to community foundations based on local factors such as levels of deprivation and demographics in each region.


Local Distribution

So far in the distribution process, community foundations have reported that the provision of food, medicines and other essential items is where support is needed most. A snapshot of some of the local groups already benefitting from the appeal include:


Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust

Based in Herefordshire, Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust is ensuring the delivery of food, medicine and essential items so that no one is going without. It is also running the ‘Ross Good Neighbours’ service, providing daily phone calls and check-ins for people isolating at home alone.


Hour Community

Unable to run its dementia lunch club, Hour Community in Suffolk is picking up the demand for the vital Meals on Wheels service, partnering with a local hotel to deliver much needed nutritious meals to those vulnerable and isolated in rural areas. They are also supporting prescription deliveries and shopping needs for those in isolation.


The Senior Centre

The Senior Centre, in Castlemilk, Scotland, is providing food and health awareness updates for more than 400 elderly people, as well as ensuring they remain connected through phone calls.


Bedford Street Community Company

Based in North Wales, the Bedford Street Community Company in Rhyl is making up meals and distributing food packages to vulnerable people in the community – following the closure of its community café.

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 APPEAL to 70141 to donate £10

Key Messages

“We have been heartened over the past week to see such a continued show of support for those struggling the most at this difficult time. Our team is working hard to distribute the much-needed funds raised to beneficiaries all over the UK, as quickly as we can.


“It is thanks to hugely generous pledges from the public, charitable trusts and our corporate donors that we are able to send this support to communities – but the battle is not yet won.


“We’re asking the public to make a contribution, if possible, and help us spread the word. Everyone who donates can be sure that their money is reaching those in need quickly and making a real difference to those who need it most. By donating to The National Emergencies Trust, you can help ease the load for our most vulnerable communities.”


John Herriman, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust



“Over the past few weeks we have been working continuously with our network of 50 community foundations spread across the country, to get the funds raised to those in need as fast as possible. The demand from frontline charities delivering a broad range of vital support is higher that it has ever been before, so it is important that we can respond to particular needs at speed.”


Rosemary Macdonald, Interim CEO of UK Community Foundations