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UK coronavirus fundraiser nears £11,000,000 in its first week

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The National Emergencies Trust initiative is backed by Prince William (Picture: Getty Images/@KensingtonRoyal)

An emergency appeal to raise money for vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis has raised nearly £11 million in its first week.

The National Emergencies Trust is fundraising for charities helping vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Its first allocation of funds, totalling around £2.5 million, is set to begin going out to a network of 46 local community foundations across the country. The money will be used to support those who are isolated, facing loss of income or recovering at home from the illness.

The Duke of Cambridge, whose father the Prince of Wales has since tested positive, launched the fundraising drive on March 18 with a video message, saying the country had a ‘unique ability to pull together’ during times of adversity.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with people during the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square in London, Britain November 7, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge speaks with people during the launch of the National Emergencies Trust at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square in London last year (Picture: Reuters)

File photo dated 21-01-2020 of Bournemouth's Callum Wilson applauds the fans after the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 25, 2020. England striker Callum Wilson and Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin are among a group of Premier League players to launch the #FootballUnited initiative, which aims to raise money for local communities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. See PA story SPORT Coronavirus Goodwill. Photo credit should read Mark Kerton/PA Wire.

England and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is backing the appeal (Picture: PA)

Message from Prince William on coronavirus He launches an appeal on behalf of the National Emergencies Trust.

A message from Prince William, available in full below (Picture: @KensingtonRoyal)

Close Up Of Woman Doing Shopping For Senior Neighbor

A woman does shopping for an elderly neighbour (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

He added: ‘The public’s desire to help in the wake of tragedy needs to be managed and channelled in the best possible way, which is why the establishment of the National Emergencies Trust was so important.

‘I said at this launch last year that I dreaded the day when it would be needed.

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‘Sadly, with the outbreak of Covid-19, that day has come faster than any of us would have hoped.’

Lord Dannatt, chairman of the National Emergencies Trust, also praised the nationwide response so far, but said more needed to be done.

He added: ‘We are delighted that there is growing support for the Trust and that we have been able to start getting money out to organisations who can help people within a week of launching.

‘But we need much more. That’s why we are calling on everyone, even at this unsettling time, to dig deep and make a contribution.

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‘That generosity will ensure that we get through this unprecedented time with our most vulnerable communities cared for and supported.’

The Trust said it had received thousands of donations from the public, companies and charitable foundations.

England striker Callum Wilson and Arsenal’s Spanish defender Hector Bellerin are among a group of Premier League players who launched the £FootballUnited initiative to raise money for the NET appeal.

Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Chelsea defender Reece James and Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend have also signed up to the campaign.

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