Royal wedding boosts donations to seven chosen charities

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had asked for donations to be made rather than receive gifts

(Photograph: Getty Images)
(Photograph: Getty Images)

Charities chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to benefit from their wedding have reported a surge in donations from across the world.

The royal couple, who were married in Windsor on Saturday, asked in April for donations to be made to seven charities instead of gifts.

The charities chosen were Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage, the Wilderness Foundation, Crisis, the Children’s HIV Association and the Myna Mahila Foundation.

Charities spoken to by Third Sector this morning said they had received increased donations, but declined to release precise figures because they are understood to have been asked by Kensington Palace not to discuss the monetary value of the gifts they had received.

Surfers Against Sewage said that membership levels at the charity had increased by 178 per cent since the charity was announced as a beneficiary of donations from the royal couple’s wedding.

It had also experienced a "huge surge" in phone calls and internet traffic since the announcement, the charity said.

Hugo Tagholm, chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, said: "Having the event of the year to inspire individuals, communities and businesses to take action with Surfers Against Sewage means that we’re reaching more people than ever before with our environmental advocacy and volunteering initiatives.

"We’d like to say a huge thank you to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and we wish them all the best for the future."

StreetGames reported a four-fold increase in the number of online donations it received in the run-up to the wedding, including donations from as far afield as Finland, the US, Canada and Australia.

According to the Charity Commission website, the charity had a voluntary income of £115,452 in the year to 31 March 2017.

Jane Ashworth, chief executive of StreetGames, said: "Harry and Meghan’s support means the world to us.

"The donations made to mark their wedding will make a considerable difference to the children and young people that we work with every day – getting them healthier and happier and building stronger communities through sport."

The other charities contacted by Third Sector also said there had been a huge increase in donations and support since the wedding took place.

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