National Emergencies Trust

Tesco is helping to raise awareness for the National Emergencies Trust (NET). The NET works with local charities and distribution partners, to ensure that financial support is delivered to those who need it most, during a time of national crisis. Its recent Coronavirus Appeal was launched in partnership with the British Red Cross, and with the support of HRH Duke of Cambridge in March 2020.

This new relationship sees us joining the NET as one of a small group of corporate partners who can play an active role in the charity’s governance.

To date, the NET has already raised an amazing £60m and distributed £27.5m in emergency grants. One of the beneficiaries in the Charter House Activity Centre.

Supporting the Charter House Activity Centre

The Charter House Activity Centre was originally set up to provide services to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or sensory needs – as well as their families and carers. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the centre has seen a ten-fold increase in demand and is delivering more than 700 meals to people with physical and learning disabilities every week.

Requests for support from the local Burnley community have rocketed. Before the crisis, they provided around 60 meals each week, but now they are cooking and delivering over 700 meals every week. Although they have been able to meet demand so far, its staff are worried about the future challenges and financial uncertainty.

The funds awarded to them by the NET are going towards food, travel, packaging and cleaning products – so that the most vulnerable people in the community can continue to receive support.

A Centre spokesperson said: “Through our staff team and the help of our fantastic drivers, we now deliver meals to vulnerable people’s doorsteps. Sometimes the people that we support don’t see another person, only us for days. We very much appreciate the funding from the National Emergencies Trust – it means we can continue to provide support to those who most need it”.