BBC Children’s in Need’s Emergency Essentials Programme, which is delivered by Family Fund, was highlighted in an emotional appeal presented by renowned actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE, as part of BBC1’s The Big Night In.

The Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, providing essential items to ensure their basic needs are met.

Family Fund has delivered this scheme since 2018, and awarded over 16,000 Emergency Essentials grants to families in the past year alone.

Chiwetel told of one such family who were devastated by the floods in February of this year, which destroyed their possessions and ruined the ground floor of their home, forcing them into temporary accommodation for months. This crisis was quickly followed by the Coronavirus, the impact of which meant dad lost the new job he was about to start, and mum’s hours and income fell. The Emergency Essentials programme provided them with a sofa, and new coats and shoes for their two children – a big step towards putting their lives back together.

Family Fund Chief Executive, Cheryl Ward, said: “Now more than ever families desperately need help, and The Big Night In has proven again that the public generosity to help those less fortunate knows no bounds.

“It is an honour to deliver this fantastic programme for Children In Need, and we are working as hard as we possibly can to reach families and their children during crisis.”

If you are a professional working with children and young people in a crisis, click here to register as a referrer and find out more about this programme.

If you want to donate to support The Big Night In, you can click here. The money raised by The Big Night In will be split equally between Comic Relief and Children in Need and will go on to support local charities and projects in the UK.

You can also support Family Fund by clicking here to donate and support our work helping families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children.