COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

The following statement provides information regarding Gatsby's response to the COVID-19 crisis:

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20 March 2020 - Statement from the Settlor of Gatsby

Lord Sainsbury today issued the following statement:

“We are currently in a national emergency and we have decided to respond rapidly in changing our short-term focus and funding priorities to try to alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 Crisis.  Therefore, my charitable trust, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, has made the following two major grants:

£1M to the Trussell Trust to support running food banks nationwide.  Disruptions to supply chains, the impact of COVID-19 on volunteers and an anticipated rise in demand for their services as a result of economic hardship requires, we believe, a major and rapid response.

£1M to the National Emergencies Trust to support their Coronavirus Appeal.  The National Emergency Trust was set up to deal with such emergencies as we are now facing, and to make certain that in such circumstances funds are directed to the areas most in need in the country.  This we think they are well placed to do.”

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