“The substantial amount raised will make a real difference to the lives of thousands” – editor Chris Evans.
Throughout 2020, The Telegraph and its readers have raised over £2 million.
The announcement comes after The Telegraph’s Christmas appeal closed in January 2021 and raised an incredible £836,691.86 to support charities which help those suffering from the knock-on effects of covid-19.
The Christmas charity appeal supported four chosen charities: Refuge, Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cruse Bereavement Care. All of the charities saw a big increase in demand for their services as a consequence of the covid-19 crisis. Their limited resources were stretched, and many fundraising projects were postponed or cancelled. Thanks to the generosity of The Telegraph’s readers, these charities will receive donations to support their vital work.
In addition to this, last summer, readers donated over £1.2 million to The Telegraph’s coronavirus charity appeal, which was launched to raise money for Turn2us, a charity which offers practical and financial support to people facing financial shocks caused by life-changing events.
In response to covid-19, Turn2us set up a special crisis fund to provide emergency grants of £500 to families who had been hit the hardest. The Telegraph readers’ donations enabled over 2610 households to receive crisis grants and the charity’s helpline service was able to open in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Chris Evans, editor of The Telegraph said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Telegraph readers. Their generosity during such a difficult year is truly heart-warming. The substantial amount raised will make a real difference to the lives of thousands.”