“Charities and groups across Hampshire have changed thousands of people’s lives, says National Emergencies Trust Chair, Lord Richard Dannatt.”

An emergency Coronavirus Appeal backed by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has raised nearly £100 million for UK charities since it launched a year ago, and more than £1.6 million of this has reached grassroots charities and groups in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, which launched in March 2020 has raised more than £97 million for people affected by the pandemic and £94 million of this has already funded 13,000+ charitable projects across the four nations.

In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 281 grassroots charities and groups have received grants from the Coronavirus Appeal through the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) to enable them to respond to urgent needs created by the pandemic.

Charities supported include Brendoncare Clubs, which are friendship and wellbeing clubs, providing older people with opportunities to meet new friends in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Brendoncare Clubs has used a Coronavirus Appeal grant awarded through HIWCF to help the most isolated people stay healthy and connected through virtual clubs offering everything from exercise sessions to cooking demonstrations and singing sessions.

General The Lord Richard Dannatt, Chair of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “In an incredibly challenging year, the public, UK businesses, and charitable trusts and foundations have come together to raise incredible sums of money for those in need. They have already helped to fund numerous projects in Hampshire & Isle of Wight that have, quite simply, changed lives.”

He continued: “The creativity and tenacity that local charities and groups like Brendoncare Clubs have shown in the last 12 months has also been a privilege to witness. When the world stopped, they started. Delivering food to the doorsteps of those shielding, transferring vital support services online and conceiving all manner of ways to bring communities together, from Zoom Zumba to virtual choirs. And of course, their work is not over yet. Though the vaccine roll-out rumbles on at pace, the sector will need to continue to respond to the economic and wellbeing impacts of this pandemic for a long time to come.”

To-date, around a third (32%) of Coronavirus Appeal funding distributed through community foundations has ensured that food and vital essentials reach those who need them. Nearly a quarter (23%) has helped to support people’s mental health and wellbeing through lockdowns. While 10% has enabled local charities to offer services to reduce social isolation

A further £16.6 million of the £97 million raised has been distributed through ten national charity partners, each one helping to ensure that funds reach groups with particular, unmet needs. These include: Age UK, Barnado’s, Comic Relief, Cruse Bereavement Care, DPO Covid-19 Coalition led by DIsability Action NI, Heads Together, the LGBT+ Consortium, Refuge, Shelter and The Refugee Council.

The National Emergencies Trust was launched in November 2019, just four months before it activated its Coronavirus Appeal, to provide the UK with one trusted place to give during domestic disasters. It collaborates with charities and other bodies across the UK to ensure that emergency funding reaches those in need as fast, and as fairly, as possible.

Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “We didn’t expect that our first emergency appeal would be for a global pandemic, but this past year has proven not only that our model works, but how quickly the nation steps up in times of great need. The speed and scale of donors’ generosity, meant charities across the UK started to receive funding from the Appeal within a week, enabling them to offer vital support and services just as the first national lockdown started.”

Rebecca Kennelly MBE, HIWCF Chair of Trustees added: “We would like to thank the National Emergencies Trust and all of those who have donated to the Coronavirus Appeal for their incredibly generous support, which has made a real difference in communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It has been a hugely challenging year for the charitable sector, which is still working so tirelessly to address the hardship and issues caused by the pandemic. NET funding enabled the Foundation to react swiftly right at the start of the crisis, to support the vital projects, services and resources of local organisations.”

For more information, please contact Louise Vaughan: louise.vaughan@nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk or Anneka Bhardwaj: anneka.bhardwaj@nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk


About the National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust is a charity set up to raise funds from the general public in the event of a domestic disaster or emergency. When a disaster occurs, the NET collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money to support those affected. It activated the Coronavirus Appeal on 18 March 2020 to support people, all over the UK, affected by the pandemic. For more information visit www.nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk