Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on April 8th that UK frontline charities will receive a share of a £750 million pot to boost their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.
The support package will benefit tens of thousands of UK charities allowing them to continue their vital work and meet increased demand for their services during this challenging time.
Charities who will benefit from the support package include:
- Hospices to help increase capacity
- St Johns Ambulance
- Victims charities to cope with a potential upturn in demand
- Vulnerable children charities
- Citizens Advice Bureau
A £360m allocation has been directly allocated to key charities who support the most vulnerable of our society, with an additional £370m for smaller charities who operate in local communities and are making a huge difference by delivering food, prescriptions and offering financial advice.
The Chancellor has also pledged the government will match the public donations for the BBC’s Big Night In appeal due to air on April 23rd, starting with a provision of £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak commented: ‘Our charities are playing a crucial role in the national fight against coronavirus, supporting those who are most in need. It’s right we do everything we can to help the sector during this difficult time, which is why we have announced this unprecedented £750 million package of extra funding. This will ensure our key charities can continue to deliver the services that millions of people up and down the country rely on.’
The funding support has been welcomed by the charity sector. John Herriman, Chief Executive of the National Emergencies Trust, said: ‘This is very welcome money that builds on the success of the NET Coronavirus appeal to date and which will give thousands and thousands of people real and much needed help. By working collaboratively with many local grassroots charities and local community foundations we have been able to deliver support quickly, fairly and efficiently to those who need it most. We have seen many, many stories of people who have already received wonderful support, from food deliveries to helping those in isolation. This additional funding means we can do so much more, and we will work in partnership with the sector to ensure support continues to get to where it’s needed most.’