Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need’s ‘The Big Night In’ Appeal Receives Support Boost from Moonpig

Bonnie Evie Gifford
By Bonnie Evie Gifford,
updated on Apr 16, 2020

Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need’s ‘The Big Night In’ Appeal Receives Support Boost from Moonpig

The online card and gift retailer has pledged to donate all proceeds of eCard sales throughout the rest of April to support Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need’s coronavirus fundraising appeal

From acts of kindness to advice on protecting ourselves during these overwhelming times, there are so many amazing things happening right now - both on and offline - to help us all feel less lonely, more united, and to remind us that we’re all in this together (no matter what our individual situations may be).

Over the past weeks, we’ve seen companies big and small stepping up to support frontline workers, as well as countless individuals raising money and donating their time to support others and make a real difference. With Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need’s ‘The Big Night In’ due to air live later this month, online retailer Moonpig has joined other brands including Sainsbury’s to help raise money for the coronavirus fundraising appeal.

Between 14-30 April, Moonpig has pledged to donate all proceeds of eCard sales to The Big Night In appeal. Moonpig Group CEO, Nickyl Raithatha, commented: “At Moonpig, we believe that cards can create a sense of togetherness, even when we’re apart. In such a complicated time, we are honoured to know that we can lend a helping hand in fostering important relationships.

“With this partnership, we hope that our eCards will help you pass on the spirit of hope and resilience. We want to do everything we can to provide essential support to local charities, projects and programmes across the UK to help those most in need during the current COVID-19 crisis.”

The Big Night In

Set to air live on BBC One on Thursday 23 April, celebrity presenters have already been confirmed including Davina McCall, Lenny Henry, Zoe Ball, Matt Baker, and Paddy McGuiness. The fundraising show is set to celebrate the acts of kindness, good humour, and spirits of hope and resilience that have been keeping our nation going during these unprecedented times. The first time Children in Need and Comic Relief have come together, they hope to celebrate those going the extra mile to support their communities and make a real difference on a local level.

Further celebrities confirmed to be taking part (remotely) during the big night include Catherine Tate, Peter Kay, and Gary Barlow, with more expected to be announced before the big night.

It was announced by Rishi Sunak, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, that the UK Treasury would match pound for pound any contributions made by the public to the appeal.

Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, Simon Antrobus, said, “These are challenging times for all of us, and the pandemic will have a significant impact on the most vulnerable people in our society. The Big Night In will offer the chance for everyone to (virtually) get together to celebrate the kindness and heroism of those making a real difference in their communities, and to support people across the UK who need our help now more than ever.”

Ruth Davidson, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, went on to add, “Throughout this extraordinary time, the kindness and community spirit of people across the country has been outstanding. The Big Night In is the perfect opportunity to praise the heroes who are caring for us, feeding us, and lifting our spirits as we continue to help people most in need.”

You can pledge your support now online or during the show, to help support those of all ages and backgrounds across the country who are vulnerable and have or will be significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. All funds raised will be split between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, to provide support to projects, programmes, and charities across the UK where help is needed the most.

A £30 donation could pay for support for those struggling with their mental and physical health. A £50 donation could provide basic essentials including food and shelter for those who are in crisis and have no other support. £100 could help connect those at risk from domestic abuse and poverty with vital services to keep them safe from harm.

Join The Big Night In, on Thursday 23 April at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

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