The Big Night In on Thursday 23rd April raised over £54 million for UK charities, but how will the funding be distributed?

The Big Night In on Thursday 23rd April saw grant-makers Comic Relief and Children in Need work together to raise money for vital services in the UK during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Almost £27.4million was donated by members of the public during the three-hour BBC show, with the government vowing to double the impressive total. 

This means that the event raised over £54 million in total, but where will the money go?

The government’s match funding comprises a minimum donation of £20m to the National Emergencies Trust, while any funds raised over £20m will also be matched and split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. The National Emergencies Trust is distributing its funds through the Community Foundations Network.

The money raised will be split equally between Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need.

Donations to the project will go to support local charities and projects in the UK, so they can continue to provide vital emergency support during the coronavirus pandemic.

For people reliant on services that keep them safe from harm, mentally healthy and with access to food, warmth and shelter; the physical and social isolation that is necessary to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, puts them even more at risk,” the website reads.

This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or living in poverty, women and families at risk of domestic abuse, and those struggling with mental health concerns, across the UK. We also know that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are disproportionately being impacted by this crisis.”

Which charities will receive funding from The Big Night In?

NHS Charities Together will benefit from donations. The umbrella charity supports NHS workers and their families.

Domestic abuse charities such as Women’s Aid and Rosa Women’s Fund for housing are listed as are homelessness charities Crisis, Buttle UK and Homeless Link.

Other charities include the British Red Cross, food parcel organisation FareShare, mental health awareness project Mind and Age UK.

In addition to the big named organisations, The Big Night In will also send donations to a network of local grass roots organisations supporting communities on the ground across the four nations.