Government announces largest ever round of UK Aid Match appeals

Written by Matt Ritchie

The Government has announced the biggest ever round of UK Aid Match appeals.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel yesterday announced around 25 appeals across the whole UK, with up to £30m of funding available to be matched to appeals from September to the end of March next year.

More than 20 charities from across Britain have been selected to run UK Aid Match appeals. For every £1 donated to a charity appeal, the Government will also contribute £1 of UK aid.

The first appeal to launch in this round of UK Aid Match is Action Against Hunger’s #HealthyMumsHealthyKids appeal, which runs from 2 September until 2 December 2017. Diners at more than 400 venues including Hawksmoor and Pho can make a voluntary donation when they pay their bill.

Other appeals due to launch in September include World Child Cancer, Concern Worldwide, Hope and Homes for Children, Mine Advisory Group (MAG), Hope for Children and Build Africa, who are based in regions across the UK including Belfast, Wiltshire and Manchester.

With old pound coins to go out of circulation from mid-October, Patel invited members of the public to get rid of their old change by contributing to the match-funded appeals.

“Look out for the UK Aid Match logo – which features the Union flag – on charity appeals from now until Spring next year,” Patel said. “It shows that the UK Government will match your donations, providing a boost to some of the very best projects and make a real and lasting difference to those in need. And for millions in the world’s poorest countries, it’s a badge of hope that help is on its way from the British people.”

More information on the appeals is available here.

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