This year, the Covid-19 pandemic created unprecedented need for charitable support across the UK and beyond. We used the power of tech and the passion of our volunteers to support charity partners and communities with devices, connections, vital funding and digital skills training. As a founding patron of the National Emergencies Trust, we helped fund its operating costs so it could raise funds to help over 13,000 charities get essentials like food, shelter and mental health support to millions of people who needed it fast. So far, the appeal has raised over £97m.
BT Sport customers donated over £1.1m to NHS Charities Together and we raised over £14,000 for the Trussell Trust to distribute food and essentials in the UK. Colleagues across the globe volunteered for over 600 hours, and donated more than 5,000 food items and over £40,000 to stock their local food banks. Our colleagues in India raised over £50,000, including matched corporate funding, for local charities serving those most affected by lockdown. We also donated £15,000 to support Unicef’s Covax appeal which aims to deliver 2bn Covid-19 vaccines for health workers and some of the most high-risk people in low and middle-income countries. The BT Supporters Club donated over £1m in emergency grants to provide stability to 19 charity partners in the UK and internationally. Its seven-year partnership with Comic Relief raised over £12m for sport for change projects in the UK and abroad, directly benefitting over 313,000 people. This partnership has now come to an end as we strengthen our focus on charity partnerships that build life-changing digital skills.