The National Emergencies Trust has announced £5m of funding will be distributed to front line charities today helping those most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, thanks to the generosity of the UK public, major charitable trusts and corporate donations. So far, around half of the £16m total pledged to the Coronavirus Appeal has been given out and will be distributed through the UK Community Foundations to 45 local community foundations across the country. Further distributions will be made in the coming weeks.

Local groups already benefitting from the appeal include Horncastle Food Bank in Lincolnshire which has seen a 300% increase in demand for food and hygiene parcels and ASD Helping Hands, which helps those caring for children and young adults with autism, supporting over 1,300 families in Norfolk. Since the outbreak, the organisation has launched a web and phone-based advice and listening service to continue to support the mental wellbeing of families during this stressful time.

The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal was launched in partnership with the British Red Cross and with the support of the Duke of Cambridge. Anyone can make a donation at National Emergencies Trust or by texting APPEAL to 70141 to donate £10.

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