BBC Children in Need to match Stormzy’s £10m racial equality pledge

BBC Children in Need has pledged to match the £10m in funding promised by Stormzy to tackle racial inequality in the UK.

The charity is to match the singer’s pledge over 10 years to support young Black people working in partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra.

This sees the charity and the radio station work with young people to develop the programme, including naming the funding project, reviewing grant applications and advising on funding allocations.

The funding is being available to support young social entrepreneurs supporting communities, develop leadership skills and provide access to training.

"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,”said BBC Childern in Need trustee Kenny Imafidon.

“This racism is not new and many people from the black community, like myself, have had to endure the negative effects of it all.

“The anti-racism movement in the UK has truly gathered momentum to bring about sustainable and long-lasting change. Many people, groups, businesses, and brands have had to reflect, look inwards and ask themselves "what can I, or we do to change things and make a difference?"

“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.”

Following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protest, Stormzy pledged to donate £10m over 10 years to organisations and charities committed to tackling racism.

“Further to making my pledge last month, I’m happy to hear that the BBC have also taken up my plea for others to pledge,” said Stormzy.

“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. We continue to urge others to join us in pledging.”

BBC Children in Need
chief executive Simon Antrobus added: “Recent events have been a stark reminder that we all have a responsibility to act: BBC Children in Need is committed to playing our part in addressing these issues and creating a fairer society in which young people can thrive.”

Last week BBC Children In Need launched a £6m fund to tackle youth unemployement.

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