BBC to Host ‘Big Night In’ Charity Appeal

Courtesy of ‘The Big Night In’

The BBC has announced a special televised event, The Big Night In, to raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a special evening of programming, taking place from 7pm on April 23rd, BBC One will host the appeal to support it’s two biggest charity partners, Comic Relief and BBC Children In Need.

It will be the first time the two charities have come together on our screens, and the event promises some of the UK’s most famous faces, some extra special prizes and live music direct from the performer’s homes.

As well as three-hours of light entertainment, the appeal will celebrate and reward those going the extra mile to support their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis,

All funds raised will be split between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to help them continue to uphold the crucial support to projects and local charity programmes across the UK to help the most vulnerable members of society at this critical time.

It will fund key emergency provisions to help those most in need stay safe and connected to alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Funding will also be directed to charities who are ensuring vulnerable people are kept warm and fed.

The Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, Simon Antrobus, commented: “These are challenging times for all of us, and the pandemic will have a significant impact on the most vulnerable people in our society. The Big Night In will offer the chance for everyone to (virtually) get together to celebrate the kindness and heroism of those making a real difference in their communities, and to support people across the UK who need our help now more than ever.”

The Government are also supporting the BBC’s Big Night In, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing that they will match the amount of public donations, starting with £20m to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

The reaction from the charity sector has been welcoming. Ruth Davison, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, commented: “The incredible support for the Big Night In means we will be able to provide vital funding to smaller charities across the UK who are working around the clock to help keep people fed, safe and supported throughout the pandemic.”

Donate to the Big Night In to help fund projects providing essential help to people in the UK during these extraordinary times.