18 March 2020

British Red Cross partners with National Emergencies Trust (NET) for fundraising appeal to help most vulnerable communities during coronavirus outbreak

We are facing what has become our greatest public health emergency in living memory. The National Emergencies Trust (NET), in partnership with the British Red Cross, has launched a fundraising appeal, to raise and distribute funds to support communities made most vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak. 

The British Red Cross has supported people in the UK for more than 150 years through its most difficult times, including two World Wars. Today we respond to an emergency in the UK every four hours. We know connected communities are stronger communities and that small acts of kindness make a big difference.

The British Red Cross will manage donations to the National Emergencies Trust appeal. The Trust was set up in response to a Charity Commission recommendation following a series of UK emergencies in 2017. It collaborates with charities and others to raise and distribute money when there’s a big emergency in the UK. This is its first appeal since it launched last year.

The British Red Cross, the UK’s leading disaster response charity, is lending its expertise to ensure that public donations can be made to the NET’s Coronavirus Appeal quickly and easily.

At the same time, following huge demand from the public, the Red Cross is encouraging those who want to offer practical support to become a Community Reserve Volunteer, offering small acts of kindness to help their communities get through coronavirus together.

British Red Cross CEO Mike Adamson, who also sits on the Board of the National Emergencies Trust, said:

“The public response to this emergency and the many ways that people are showing their kindness in their communities is truly inspiring. Coronavirus is going to impact on all our lives for weeks and months to come. It’s important that we work with our partners to ensure there is support for the immediate impact, and in the longer term. 

“By becoming a British Red Cross Community Reserve volunteer, or by giving to this appeal, you’ll be making your kindness count. These are the toughest of times but the British Red Cross will be here for as long as it takes, supporting the most vulnerable and helping build that community resilience wherever it’s needed.”

Throughout the year, British Red Cross staff and volunteers routinely work alongside the NHS and local authorities to look after some of the most vulnerable people in the UK, whether that’s ensuring they can return home from hospital safely or live independently by providing them with mobility aids. The charity is also the UK’s largest provider of services for refugees and those seeking asylum.

Throughout the coronavirus emergency the British Red Cross has been ready to provide practical support wherever it has been needed. It is also playing a key role in shaping the response to the outbreak from the sector through the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, which is chaired by the charity’s CEO, Mike Adamson.


For further information and interviews

  • Please contact press@redcross.org.uk or 020 7877 7557 or 07710 391 703 (out of hours).
  • British Red Cross CEO Mike Adamson available for interviews. 

Notes to Editor:

For more than 150 years, the British Red Cross has helped people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them recover and move on with their lives.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at times of domestic disasters.

The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal is being launched by the Trust to raise money that will be given out in grants by local organisations identified by the Trust. The British Red Cross is partnering with the NET to manage donations from the public that will then be given out as grants by the NET. 

Press release - NET and British Red Cross launch appeal for coronavirus outbreak