National Emergencies Trust says coronavirus appeal funds have reached 13,000 UK projects

About 13,000 UK projects received support from the almost £100m raised by the National Emergencies Trust’s coronavirus emergency appeal, new figures show. 

The charity, which launched the appeal on 18 March last year, has set out details in a new report explaining how the £98m raised was spent. 

The report shows the largest individual cause area supported by the appeal was organisations providing food and essentials, which saw £21m shared across more than 4,600 individual grants. 

The second largest cause area, mental health support and services, received £17.8m across 3,100 grants, with information and advice in third place. 

The report says that within eight days of the appeal being launched, £2.5m had reached 46 community foundations across the UK. 

It says that 43 per cent of the total funds raised came from companies, 20 per cent from trusts and foundations and the same amount again from government, with the remaining 17 per cent being donated by the public. 

Almost all of the funds have been distributed so far, with just under £71m of the funds given to organisations in England, £9.7m to those in Scotland, £6m to good causes in Wales and £3.5m to Northern Ireland. 

Mhairi Sharp, chief executive of the trust, which was launched in November 2019 to respond to domestic emergencies, said: “The Coronavirus Appeal has tested our resolve as a new charity. We’ve had to work at extreme speed to make decisions and create new relationships. 

“But by putting our founding values at the heart of our efforts, and by drawing on the expertise of others with lived and local experience, we have been able to support those in urgent need right across the UK. 

“I’m so pleased that this latest report reflects the collective efforts of those involved and look forward to building on our learnings and relationships to shape our future responses.”

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