The emergency appeal to raise funds for charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic has raised more than £14m in less than a fortnight.
The National Emergencies Trust, which launched the appeal on 18 March, said that as well as donations from the public it had received contributions from more than 60 companies and 20 charitable trusts.
The trust said it had already distributed £2.5m to the charities most in need and another tranche of funding would be allocated in the next few days.
The NET said the funds would be distributed through the umbrella body UK Community Foundations by means of its network of 46 local community foundations.
The funds raised will be spent on areas including getting food to isolated people, supporting people with their mental wellbeing and assisting those struggling with debt.
The appeal is the first to be run by the NET, which was launched last year to coordinate the response to major emergencies in the UK as a domestic version of the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Lord Dannatt, chair of the National Emergencies Trust, said he was pleased with the level of support for the campaign so far, but more was needed.
“That’s why we are calling on everyone, even at this unsettling time, to dig deep and make a contribution,” he said.
“That generosity will ensure we get through this unprecedented time with our most vulnerable communities cared for and supported.”
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