National Emergencies Trust launched
A national charity has been launched to respond to UK disasters by providing a single donation point and hub for help.
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) was created after the Charity Commission challenged the voluntary and community sectors to come up with an efficient and collaborative approach to future incidents.
The need for a national fund was partly the result of reviews into local reactions to the terror attacks of 2017 and the Grenfell Tower fire and NET has been shaped by the experiences of organisations including the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
NET will have three main functions:
- launching an appeal in the wake of a domestic disaster
- allocating the money to the areas of need
- distributing funds to pre-identified trusted partners on the ground.
Speaking at the regional launch in Manchester Central Library, NET chair Lord Dannatt said: “The general public were very generous [following national disasters in 2017] and most of the money that was raised went to the right causes and the right people but not everything went as it should have done.
“The Charity Commission challenged charities in the voluntary and community sector to come up with a more efficient and collaborative way of working together in response to any future tragedy.
“The National Emergency Trust will be a focused single point of contact for those that donate and those that need help. I think it’s part of our civic duty to do our best to help people in times of difficulty.”
To donate and find out more about NET, visit the website.