Sport Relief donates £1m to the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund
Thousands of deprived Londoners were handed a lifeline today as Sport Relief announced it has made a £1 million grant to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.
The cash bonanza, which will fund grants to charitable groups tackling poverty and social exclusion, marks the fifth year that Comic Relief, which runs Sport Relief, has chosen our award-winning initiative as a major beneficiary.
It brings the total we have raised to £16 million, the most ever by a newspaper-led charitable fund.
This weekend marks the climax of a nationwide campaign for Sport Relief. Tonight the action is at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the BBC will broadcast live events from the Lee Valley VeloPark and the Aquatics Centre.
Comic Relief’s CEO Kevin Cahill said: “It’s brilliant to see Londoners being sponsored for Sport Relief this year and it’s thanks to their incredible generosity that we are able to help people not just here in London but across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities.
“In the last five years our partnership with the Dispossessed Fund has supported 271 projects in London and we see the lasting difference this makes to the city’s most hard-to-reach communities.
“I’m extremely proud that we are able to support the fund again this year and hope that Londoners are too.”
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Published on 18 March 2016