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BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

Family Fund Business Services has been appointed to deliver BBC Children in Need's Emergency Essentials programme supporting children and young people living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

This programme supports families living in severe financial, health and social difficulties, and provides items that meet children's most basic needs. Items covered by the grants, which will total £3 million, will include beds, kitchen appliances, clothing and any other items and services that are critical to children's wellbeing.

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, believes the programme due to launch in early June will have a lasting effect on children's lives. "Small grants for basic household items such as a fridge, cooker, washing machine or new bedding can make all the difference to children's lives. Working with Family Fund will enable us to provide this crucial support to those who need it as quickly as possible."

Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive, said, "There continues to be thousands of children and young people who are currently living in crisis, without some of the most basic everyday items that can so often be taken for granted. We know first-hand the vital, positive impact that the provision of a small grant for items such as beds, kitchen appliances and clothing can have on the wellbeing of children and their families."

Applications to the programme must be made by a registered referrer. Referrers can register now via the Family Fund website.

Source: Family Fund