Join stars and celebrities at huge online charity event

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 9:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 10:55 am

Get ready for a great online charity event combining stars and celebrities as well as plenty of fun and laughter.

For the first time, 10 UK charities are uniting for The Massive Get Together, with entertainment, performance, prize draws and much more, in a bid to raise £500,000.

The effort is being made to support vital charities that are reeling from the effects of COVID-19 and  losses to their funding,  putting the support they give to others at risk.

This special collaborative, relaxed variety event is the brainchild of a leading UK charity, Volunteering Matters.

It will be hosted live from London on September 17 from 8pm by TV and radio presenters Gaby Roslin and Amanda Byram.

Stars such as Chesney Hawkes, Nina Conti, Myleene Klass, Nadine Hoyle, JC Stewart and many more will take part.

With an anticipated audience of more than 20,000, 10 incredible charities invite everyone to ‘take the night off’ and enjoy music, fun and surprises.

UK charities face over £12bn loss in income as critical funding and crucial fundraising events ceased overnight due to the pandemic and lockdown.

Chief executive of Volunteering Matters and founder of The Massive Get Together Paul Reddish said: “This year the nations’ charities have been critical to so many.

“They’ve been at the heart of much of the COVID-19 response - from delivering food to supporting those most isolated. Their staff and volunteers continue to provide vital services, such as end of life care and key support for the vulnerable, despite the ongoing conditions created by this pandemic.”

“One in 10 charities are at risk of closure if things continue as they are. Those that do survive will face major constrictions to operating as they once did.”

The unique aspect of this campaign is the unity of all 10 charities with their common goal.

Mr Reddish continued: “We thought if leading members of the charity sector could come together and join forces, then collectively we could unite and help each other respond en masse to the impact of COVID-19.

"That’s the thinking behind the Massive Get Together - When charities unite, to entertain us all.”

The charities involved are Marie Curie, The Children’s Trust, FareShare, St John Ambulance, Royal Voluntary Service, Love Your Neighbour, Crisis, The Conservation Volunteers, Thames Hospice and Volunteering Matters.

For just £10 audiences will be supporting all 10 charities, making a positive difference to ease homelessness and hunger, protect the vulnerable, connect communities, support end of life care and volunteer provision, as well as helping emergency and crisis response services.

People can access the event by donating £10 at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-massive-get-together site.

Gaby Roslin said: “The Massive Get Together is a really unique online event, with charities coming together to put on a fabulous variety show.

“The past few months have been challenging for everyone, and this evening will offer entertainment that people can enjoy from the comfort of their own home, whilst raising much-needed money for 10 vital charities.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to present The Massive Get Together with Amanda, and do my bit to help these charities, who have all been affected by the impact of COVID-19.”

Amanda said: “We find ourselves living in extraordinary times. I think it’s incredible charities are coming together in this way to support each other. It is such a feel-good event. I am so honoured to be a part of it, over the moon to be working with the wonderful Gaby for this very special online evening.”