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Thames Hospice unites with UK charities to launch 'The Massive Get Together'

For the first time Thames Hospice is uniting with a number of other UK charities to respond against the impact that COVID-19 is having on the charity sector by staging The Massive Get Together – an online charity event comprising celebrity entertainment, performance, prize draws and lots of laughs, in a bid to raise £500,000!

This special collaborative, relaxed, and fun variety event, the brainchild of one of the UK’s leading charities Volunteering Matters, will be hosted live from London by TV and radio presenters Gaby Roslin and Amanda Byram.

Streaming live and online on Thursday 17th September at 20:00 to an anticipated audience of more than 20,000, these 10 incredible charities are inviting the nation to ‘take the night off’ and relax with them to enjoy their fun online event which promises to have ‘something for everyone’ - including no 1 hits, comedy, and surprise special guest appearances.

UK charities are facing over £12bn[1] loss in income due to the COVID-19 restrictions as critical funding and crucial fundraising events ceased overnight. This means that the UK voluntary sector is expected to face a colossal funding shortfall by the end of the year.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be one of 10 chosen charities to be part of The Massive Get Together and encourage everyone in our local community to unite and sign up to this very exciting online event. This promises to be an incredible evening full of entertainment and supporting some great causes.”

Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters and Founder of the Massive Get Together Paul Reddish said:
“This year the nations’ charities have been critical to so many. They’ve been at the heart of much of the COVID-19 response - from delivering food to supporting those most isolated in every community throughout the UK. Their staff and volunteers continue to provide these vital services, such as end of life care and key support for the vulnerable, despite of the ongoing conditions created by this pandemic.”

Charities have seen demand rise, and the sector is expecting to see over £12bn loss over the course of 2020. One in 10 charities[2] are at risk of closure if things continue as they are.

Charities and organisations that do manage to survive will face major constrictions and capabilities to operate the way they once did. Even with the gentle easing of restrictions, large scale fundraising events will not be able to function for many months to come.”

The unique aspect of this campaign is the cooperation and unity of all 10 charities who have seamlessly united together for a common goal of responding to the ongoing challenges and impact COVID-19 is having on their sector. In the face of coronavirus, charities are #NeverMoreNeeded for the essential support they provide in crisis and beyond, and how they shape our society for the better.

Paul continued; “We thought if leading members of the charity sector could come together and join forces, then collectively we could unite and help each other respond on mass to the impact of COVID-19. That’s the thinking behind the Massive Get Together – When charities unite, to entertain us all.”

The Massive Get Together will provide an evening of entertainment and variety, surprise and intrigue, whilst fundamentally facilitating valuable fundraising for the 10 amazing charities involved – Marie Curie, The Children’s Trust, FareShare, St John Ambulance, Royal Voluntary Service, Love Your Neighbour, Crisis, The Conservation Volunteers, Thames Hospice and Volunteering Matters.

For just £10 audiences will be supporting all 10 incredible UK charities, making a positive difference within action against homelessness and hunger, protecting the vulnerable, connecting communities, supporting end of life care and volunteer provision, as well as helping emergency and crisis response services.

Tickets for The Massive Get Together go live today - people can access the event by donating just £10 to help 10 charities at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-massive-get-together.

The Massive Get Together online event will be hosted live from London by TV & radio broadcasters Gaby Roslin and Amanda Byram.

Gaby Roslin said: "The Massive Get Together is a really unique online event, with charities coming together to put on a fabulous variety show. The past few months have been challenging for everyone, and this evening will offer entertainment that people can enjoy from the comfort of their own home, whilst raising much-needed money for 10 vital charities. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to present The Massive Get Together with Amanda, and do my bit to help these charities, who have all been affected by the impact of COVID-19."

Amanda Byram said: “We find ourselves living in extraordinary times and I think it’s incredible that charities are coming together in this way to support each other. It is such a feel-good event and I am so honoured to be a part of it and also over the moon to be working with the wonderful Gaby for this very special online evening.”


For further information, please contact: Stephanie Peters, Head of Marketing and PR, Thames Hospice, by emailing stephanie.peters@thameshospice.org.uk or by calling 01753 848966.



Notes to Editors:

About the charities involved:

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading charity in volunteering practice and the driving force behind the phenomenal volunteering movement during COVID-19, with over 20,000 volunteers helping over 85,000 people across more than 100 community programmes.


St. John Ambulance

St John Ambulance responds to health emergencies, supports communities, and saves lives. As a volunteer-led health and first aid charity, St John Ambulance has relieved people from illness, injury, distress and suffering for over 140 years and, with the public’s support, will do so for decades to come.


Marie Curie

Marie Curie is there for over 50,000 people in the UK living with a terminal illness, every year. They support people emotionally and physically while helping them achieve the best quality of life, keep their independence and provide emotional support for them and their families.

Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We are committed to ending homelessness. Every day we see the devastating impact homelessness has on people’s lives. Every year we work side by side with thousands of people, to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

The Children's Trust

Every year more than 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness and many have to live with ongoing, long-term difficulties. The Children’s Trust gives children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability the opportunity to live the best life possible, by providing specialist rehabilitation, education and community services across the UK.

Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service works across the UK to support over-stretched public services and offer practical help to people as they age. This can include companionship, hosting groups in local communities, providing transport for those who require it and much more all while encouraging others to volunteer.

FareShare

FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity with 24 Regional Centres and 1,500 volunteers working to redistribute surplus food to charities, who then turn it into meals to support almost 1 million people experiencing food poverty every week.


Thames Hospice

Thames Hospice gives families the care they need when they need it most across the Thames valley, they provide expert care for people with terminal illnesses, supporting them and their families with care and support. Thames Hospice makes the most difficult moment of people’s lives better.

#LoveYourNeighbour

#LoveYourNeighbour is a UK wide collaboration with churches, charities, businesses, hospitals and local councils. They provide food, support to those in isolation, practical support in hospitals, the transporting of medicine to those shielding and much more.

The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers connects people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community. We bring people together to create, improve and care for green spaces throughout the UK.



[1]
https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/news/charities-are-facing-a-124bn-shortfall-in-income-for-the-year/

[2] https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/one-in-ten-charities-at-risk-of-closure-within-six-months-due-to-coronavirus.html

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