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Global’s Make Some Noise grants £2.5million to small charities across the UK in 2023

Global's Make Some Noise grants £2.5million to small charities across the UK in 2023

Global’s Make Some Noise – the official charity of Global, the Media & Entertainment group – today announced grants totalling £2.5million for small charities and projects in local communities across the UK, in 2023.

The funding provides a vital lifeline in communities – from food banks to homeless shelters, bereavement support, and family workers for those living through childhood cancer. Global’s Make Some Noise supports small charities who are delivering vital support where it is needed most.

This year, the charities that Global’s Make Some Noise supports will receive an additional £5,000 in unrestricted funds to support with the growing impact of the cost of living crisis and to help keep their doors open. Many charities are facing growing waiting lists and unprecedented demand for their services, whilst facing increased energy bills and costs for frontline staff.

This morning, live on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden, it was revealed that one of the charities – Aching Arms – would receive £81,000 to help support the amazing work they do offering comfort and support to bereaved families following the loss of their baby during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after.

Aching Arms operates across the UK and was expecting a grant for just over £29,000. But thanks to the generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands, Global’s Make Some Noise was able to donate more than double that amount.

Leanne Turner, Founder and CEO of Aching Arms said : “Amanda, you know, how much, like me, it means for bereaved families to support bereaved families, and that connection, and that amount of money is going to make a phenomenally significant contribution to Aching Arms and is going to create a legacy that I even couldn’t imagine.

Every year, grants are awarded to small charities across the country to help fund the vital services they offer. Since its launch in 2014, Global’s Make Some Noise has granted over £18 million and supported over 440 incredible local community projects, helping 175,000 vulnerable people across the UK. (2023)

Suzanne Ryder-Richardson, Director of Global Goodness at Global, said: “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. With the cost of living continuing to increase, many people will be turning to local groups and charities for help, putting extra strain on their resources. So we’re pleased to be able to help those charities, who’re at the centre of communities, and we will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.

Over the next year, the funds raised from the 2022 appeal will provide support to over 24,000 people through essential services including:

  • Almost 9000 hours of dedicated support, advice and signposting for those facing financial difficulty, plus access to food support and essential items
  • Over 2000 hours of mental health support, through 1:1 counselling sessions and therapeutic group work
  • Over 4000 hours of in-depth and holistic support providing debt, money and housing advice to those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness
  • 200 brand-new beds for vulnerable children living in poverty who either previously had no bed of their own, or are sleeping in a broken, unsafe or unhygienic bed
  • Almost 3500 hours of intensive and therapeutic support to people affected by domestic abuse and trauma, including children and young people
  • Over 2500 hours of life skills support and leisure opportunities for people living with a disability
  • 34 specialist roles, including two Bereavement Support Managers, a Family Support Worker for families living through childhood cancer, a Debt & Money Advisor, two Dementia Key Workers, a Mental Health Practitioner for women and children affected by domestic abuse, and a scent trainer to train specialist assistance dogs to save the lives of children with Brittle Type 1 Diabetes

Global’s Make Some Noise is changing lives across the UK through small charities working directly in communities. Its annual appeal raises awareness of some of the biggest issues affecting society, and it gives the charities it supports with an opportunity to reach over 26 million weekly listeners who listen to Global’s radio brands – Capital, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold.

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