PayPal gets behind Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need’s ‘The Big Night In’ fundraising appeal

PayPal processes over £3 million worth of donations for Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need as part of their fight against coronavirus

Generous PayPal customers have given Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need’s ‘The Big Night In’ fundraising appeal an enormous boost with PayPal processing over £3 million since the campaign went live on the 23rd April 2020.

PayPal’s UK customers have been donating online through a dedicated PayPal website and through ‘The Big Night In’ website. ‘The Big Night In’ aired on BBC One last week to help the most vulnerable across the UK who have been severely affected by the current coronavirus crisis.

It saw the BBC’s biggest charitable partners, Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need, join forces for the very first time with the live star-studded show that raised just over £27 million on the night and celebrated acts of kindness.

Donations continued to come in overnight taking the total to £33,555,005.

The UK Government pledged to match everything raised on the night, with the first £20m going to National Emergencies Trust and the rest split between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. So far the Government has given £13,555,005 to BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. This takes the total raised, with all government match funding, to an incredible £67m.

All the money raised will now be available to go to good causes, through BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief and the National Emergencies Trust.

Vincent Belloc, UK Managing Director, PayPal “We are obviously delighted to have supported this campaign as well as provide an easy, fast and simple way for people to donate. We hope that this money will help isolated people to feel less alone, prevent vulnerable families from going hungry – and protect those most at-risk during this crisis. A big thank you to our customers for being so generous.”

Ruth Davison, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, said: We’d like to say a huge thank you to PayPal and their wonderful customers for supporting The Big Night In appeal. The amount you’ve raised in such a short time is just incredible. The kindness and generosity of everyone has blown us all away. This money will help vulnerable people struggling in many ways throughout the pandemic, across the UK.  We can’t thank you enough.”

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