Family Fund is pleased to announce that our trading subsidiary, Family Fund Business Services, has been appointed to deliver BBC Children in Need’s Emergency Essentials programme.

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.

Family Fund set up Family Fund Business Services to share its 45 years’ worth of grant-making experience with other organisations, such as charities and local authorities, and support them in providing essential and immediate support to those in need. The appointment provides the trading subsidiary with a new means of helping families, building upon its successes of the past five years.

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.”

Speaking of the appointment, Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive of Family Fund and Family Fund Business Services said, “We are thrilled to have been chosen to deliver BBC Children in Need’s Emergency Essentials programme. Family Fund has a long history of providing essential support to children and families at their time of need across the UK.

“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.

For more information about the programme and how to apply, please visit Family Fund Business Services’ Emergency Essentials webpage.