The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Red Nose Day Dispossessed Fund

Comic Relief has hailed the “critical work” of the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and backed up their praise with a cash bonanza, giving Londoners one million extra reasons to smile on Red Nose Day!

Thanks to the fun-loving generosity of the Evening Standard's readers, who made their hair ‘funny for money’ and got sponsored, Comic Relief has announced a £1 million cash injection to the fund. The funds will be distributed to more than 60 grassroots groups tackling poverty across the capital in grants ranging from £5,000 to £20,000.

2015 was the fourth year in a row that Comic Relief and Sport Relief have backed the fund, and this year 68 grants were made: for more information on the funded groups click here. The total raised by the Dispossessed Fund is now over £13.46 million, breaking all records for a newspaper created charitable fund and far exceeding our £1 million target set five years ago.

Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund does an absolutely critical job in helping the most marginalized communities in London and we are proud to be once again be giving £1 million to support it. It is thanks to the generosity of your readers that we can help some of the poorest people across the UK and Africa. It has been brilliant to see the creative efforts of your readers making their hair funny for money in support of Red Nose Day. The work done by the Dispossessed Fund in tackling social exclusion continues to set the standard and is a huge asset to the capital.”

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