Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
3:43 PM 23rd July 2020

UK Government Matches Another £5 Million Of Donations For Coronavirus Appeal After Huge Public Response

The UK Government is doubling its support to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Coronavirus Appeal, following a huge response from the British public, International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced today (23 July).

A Rohingya refugee wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
A Rohingya refugee wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
This increase of match funding up to £10 million follows donations of £9.8 million in 9 days – a donation of £25, when matched by the UK Government, could provide two families with essential hygiene kits.

The DEC Coronavirus Appeal is helping to provide lifesaving aid to refugees, who are living in overcrowded camps where social distancing is impossible and therefore face a higher risk of catching coronavirus.

Funds raised by the appeal will support the work of the 14 leading UK charities, making up the DEC, who are helping to stop the spread of the virus and saving lives in refugee camps by:

providing frontline doctors and aid workers with equipment and supplies to care for the vulnerable and sick;
making sure families have enough food to prevent malnutrition, particularly amongst children; and
giving families clean water and soap, as well as information about the dangers of the disease.

International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
"The British people have been incredibly generous and compassionate in donating to this life-saving appeal. To double the impact of their kindness the UK Government will match a further £5 million of donations pound-for-pound.

"Together our support is protecting millions of people in the developing world from coronavirus, including those escaping conflict. This will in turn help stop future waves of the disease."

Today’s announcement takes the total amount of UK aid pledged to end the pandemic globally to £774 million.