Helping charities go above and beyond
We’re doing everything we can to help make life a bit easier during this challenging time. That’s why we’re supporting charities that are helping those who have been affected by the coronavirus situation.
We want to do more to support the communities where we live and work, and to help those who have been hardest hit.
In April, we launched a £100 million community aid package for charities that are helping people and communities who have been severely affected by the coronavirus situation.
We’re now using this package to support a range of charities, and to match personal donations made by our employees to local charities that are working to support communities affected by coronavirus.
In the UK, we’re partnering with selected charities that are providing critical support to those who need it. We’re donating money to help these trusted partners support those who have been severely affected and to those on the frontline, including low-income families, the elderly, NHS staff, key workers and many more.
We’ll also be donating £10 million through our 100 x 100 programme. Through this initiative one hundred UK charities will each receive a donation of £100,000.
As well as supporting charities, we’re also matching any donations our employees make to charities, as long as they’re officially registered and actively support affected communities.
Charities we’re supporting
Our donation is helping Family Action to support over four thousand vulnerable families through a new grants programme for people facing extreme hardship, as well as 18 new FOOD Clubs that are providing 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’s also helped Age UK ensure older people had access to essential items during the crisis, such as food parcels and prescriptions collection.
Our funding helps make sure anyone experiencing a mental health problem gets information and support, including ‘Side by Side’, an online community which provides a safe place for adults to connect with others.
Our donations will go towards three new projects – a tech abuse support service, a cyber-security infrastructure project and the Refuge staff wellbeing project – and contribute significantly towards Refuge’s modern slavery support service which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Our funding has helped Marie Curie to take their befriending services and consultations online, and supported them in offering online consultations to their vulnerable patients. It’s also helped them to give specialist bereavement training and to share their end-of-life care expertise through a virtual learning academy.
National Emergencies Trust
Our donations will help 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 will help Samaritans to develop their emotional support service and recruit more volunteers. It’ll also help give online and email support for people struggling to cope, to make sure there's always someone to listen to those needing to talk.
UK Community Foundations
Our donations to UK Community Foundations will help bring people and organisations together that want to improve their communities – the funds will be distributed to 46 local community foundations across the UK, who each have an in-depth understanding of their local areas.
Our donation will recruit more help for Macmillan’s telephone support lines, which offer vital financial advice to people with cancer. Our funding will also help to upgrade Macmillan’s online platform, and give a better experience to those in need.