AN APPEAL launched by Prince William to help vulnerable people affected by coronavirus has raised a staggering £11million in just one week.
Last week’s National Emergencies Trust appeal – backed on March 19 by the Duke – has received thousands of public donations to fund charities helping those suffering hardship as a result of COVID-19.
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Among those backing the campaign are a number of Premier League stars who launched #FootballUnited, including Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissakahose.
The FootballUnited initiative aims to raise £100,000 to help local communities, also through the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
On Wednesday, the Trust announced the first allocations of funds, nearly £2.5million, will be going out to a first wave of front line charities to help those most in need.
The money will be distributed through UK Community Foundations to 46 local community foundations across the country.
National Emergencies Trust chairman, Lord Dannatt, said: “We are delighted that there is growing support for the Trust and that we have been able to start getting money out to organisations who can help people within a week of launching.
“But we need much more. That’s why we are calling on everyone, even at this unsettling time to dig deep and make a contribution.
"That generosity will ensure that we get through this unprecedented time with our most vulnerable communities cared for and supported."
Speaking on behalf of the trust last week, the Duke of Cambridge said: "I said at its launch last year that I dreaded the day when it would be needed.
"Sadly, with the outbreak of Covid-19, that day has come faster than any of us would have hoped. But now, more than ever, I am grateful that The National Emergencies Trust exists.
"It will ensure that support reaches those across the UK who need it most, as quickly and efficiently as possible. And it will help to ensure that all our efforts to overcome this challenge are channelled in the best possible way."
“Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the UK have a unique ability to pull together," he continued.
"The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature.
"The public’s desire to help in the wake of tragedy needs to be managed and channelled in the best possible way – which is why the establishment of National Emergencies Trust was so important.”
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