UK disasters response charity launches

11 Nov 2019 News

The National Emergencies Trust (NET), a new charity which aims to improve the emergency response to disasters in the UK, has launched. 

Its board is chaired by the former Chief of The General Staff, Lord Dannatt and John Herriman, a former CEO of Greenhouse Sports, is its CEO. Gerald Oppenheim, CEO of the Fundraising Regulator, is its deputy chair. 

At times of emergency or disaster, it will collaborate with other charities and organisations to raise and distribute money and support victims.

Following a series of disasters in 2017, including the Grenfell fire and terrorists attacks in London and Manchester, the Charity Commission convened a number of individuals from the charity sector to consider how to improve the response to these types of situations.

This process identified the need for a collaborative UK-focused organisation, similar to the overseas-focused Disasters Emergency Committee.

NET received financial support for its core funding from corporates, with additional funding set to be provided by charities and individual donors. Help with start-up costs have been provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

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