News 13 July 2020

Children in Need match Stormzy’s £10m donation pledge to fight racial inequality

13 July 2020

Children In Need has promised to match Stormzy’s pledge to donate £10million to help overcome racial injustice within the United Kingdom. Currently, Children in Need funds over 3,000 UK charities and projects that support vulnerable young people and children.

Last month, the award-winning artist announced that over the course of a decade he would contribute £10million to organisations involved in the fight for racial equality and social justice. The statement came amid US and UK protests following George Floyd ‘s death in Minnesota.

In Need have made the same promise as Stormzy, as the charity unveiled a dedicated new funding plan. The organisation said the initiative would help young Black talent reach their full potential and it will be “developed in partnership with young people themselves who will be involved throughout the design and delivery process, from naming the new programme to reviewing grant applications and advising on the allocation of funding”.

Stormzy commented on the saying, 
“I’m also pleased to know of their commitment to allow young Black people to decide where the money will be spent and I believe this decision is an imperative factor in supporting and strengthening the young Black community.”

Children in Need trustee Kenny Imafidon added, ”Over the past few weeks, some of the systematic and institutional racism that exists in the UK has been laid bare open for all to see. This racism is not new and many people from the black community, like myself, have had to endure the negative effects of it all.”

Kenny went on to say, “I can speak for the entire Board of Trustees and all the staff at BBC Children in Need when I say, we were really inspired by Stormzy’s pledge.

“I am excited about this new fund and I truly believe that this is the beginning of greater things to come, as we continue on our mission to support children and young people most in need.”