Our charity partners
Giving charities the power to do more
Since the coronavirus situation began, we’ve committed to donate £100m to charities delivering vital relief to local communities, from our COVID-19 Community Aid Package.
The story so far
Since April 2020, we’ve partnered with more than 290 charities to help support vulnerable people and communities in need.
From unlocking financial help for people living with cancer in lockdown to providing emotional support to people facing abuse and struggling with mental health issues, you can read more about how our charity partnerships are helping those in need. [PDF, 9.2MB]
We invited UK charities to apply to our 100x100 programme, which offered 100 donations of £100,000 to support vital coronavirus (COVID-19) relief work. We were so inspired by the scale of the response that we expanded the programme to support more charities – so far, our programme has helped 187 charities across the UK.
With the coronavirus situation still impacting people and communities, we’re now offering £100,000 to another 50 charities.
If you’re a UK charity that supports vulnerable people and communities affected by coronavirus, you can apply from 9am on Monday 12 July – subject to eligibility criteria.
Applications close at 6pm on Friday 6 August, 2021.
Matching colleagues’ donations
We’re also matching colleagues’ personal donations and fundraising totals to charities delivering COVID-19 relief efforts. Together, we’ve raised more than £13m so far.
Charities we support
We’re partnering with UK charities that have been providing critical support to those affected by the coronavirus situation – including those working on the frontline, low-income families, older people and key workers. Here’s how our donations have helped our charity partners.
Our donation is helping Family Action support over 4,000 vulnerable families through a new grants programme for people facing extreme hardship, plus 18 new food clubs that offer weekly food packages.
Our funding has helped support Age UK’s advice line and telephone friendship services, which provide a vital lifeline to older people in need. It also made sure older people had access to essential items during the coronavirus situation, such as food parcels and prescriptions.
Our funding is helping anyone experiencing a mental health problem to get information and support through ‘Side by Side’, an online community that provides a safe place for adults to connect with others.
Our donation is being used for three new projects – an online abuse support service, a cyber-security project and a wellbeing project for Refuge staff. Our funding has also helped Refuge’s modern slavery support service.
Our funding has helped Marie Curie take their befriending services and consultations online, and supported them in offering online consultations to their vulnerable patients. It’s also helped them give specialist bereavement training and share their end-of-life care expertise through a virtual learning academy.
National Emergencies Trust
Our donation is helping the National Emergencies Trust with its coronavirus response programme, which supports communities experiencing racial inequality by working with charities to raise and distribute money.
Samaritans’ non-judgmental listening service is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our funding is helping Samaritans to develop their emotional support service and recruit more volunteers. It’s also helping to give online support to people struggling to cope, making sure there's always someone to listen to those needing to talk.
UK Community Foundations
Our donation to UK Community Foundations is helping to bring together people and organisations that want to improve their communities. Our funds have been distributed to 46 local community foundations across the UK.
Our donation has been used to recruit more help for Macmillan’s telephone support lines, which offer vital financial advice to people with cancer. Our funding is also helping to upgrade Macmillan’s online platform and give a better experience to those in need.