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National Grid has announced a £500,000 donation to support key appeals from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and the Trussell Trust, which supports the UK’s largest network of food banks.

The company has donated £400,000 to the NET’s Coronavirus Appeal, which is working to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to the most vulnerable people in the quickest possible way.

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A further £100,000 has been committed to the Trussell Trust to support its network of 1,200 food banks, which aims to provide a minimum of three days’ worth of nutritionally-balanced food to people who have been referred in crisis. National Grid is also working with the Trust to develop a volunteer programme for employees across the country.

National Grid’s UK Executive Director, Nicola Shaw, said: “We are proud to support these two important charities and to be playing our part in helping the most vulnerable in society. I hope that through these contributions, we will be able to quickly get help to the many elderly, homeless and families living in poverty at this troubling time.”

Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the generous donation from National Grid. Thanks to the collective efforts of early leaders like National Grid, businesses, charitable trusts and the public, we have now raised an incredible £11 million in our first week for our Coronavirus Appeal.

“The money raised is already making its way out to local grassroots organisations and small charities to provide vital support to those who need it most, as quickly as possible. Together we can make a real difference to the people most impacted by this crisis.”

Sophie Carre, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the Trussell Trust, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic develops, we are working closely with our food banks to support them to continue to provide the lifeline of emergency food for people in crisis. We’re extremely grateful for the support from National Grid, which helps us remain agile to respond to the changing situation and deploy resources to support those most vulnerable throughout this time.”

To find out more about National Grid’s response to coronavirus, click here.

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Philip Gordon is based in Clarion Energy's Cape Town office as a Content Producer for the Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International media titles. Phil's interests include the energy transition, smart grid technologies, smart city technologies, and e-mobility in all its forms. His media experience spans B2B and consumer print, commercial copywriting, and radio over the past 19 years.