Readers raise £726,000 for Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal 2022

7 February 2023

A grand total of £726,000 has been raised by generous readers for The Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal 2022.

This year, the annual Christmas Appeal supported: Action for Children, Age UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI).  

The Appeal launched on November 5 2022 and remained open until January 31 2023.

Billionaire philanthropists, Julia and Hans Rausing, made a £200,000 donation to Age UK as part of the Appeal. The Rausings decided to make their generous donation after reading in The Telegraph about Age UK’s national advice line supporting older people who are finding the current cost of living crisis challenging.

Throughout the Christmas period The Telegraph shared stories of those who had been helped and supported by each charity. The stories included the support available for isolated members of the older generation; the centres offering a vital first step for veterans towards rebuilding their lives; the young people offered a safe home; and those diagnosed with cancer who have received vital help dealing with their diagnoses.

Chris Evans, Editor of The Telegraph, said: “Many thanks to our Telegraph readers who have once again generously donated to our Christmas Charity Appeal. The substantial amount raised will make a real difference to the lives of so many, during a time of great challenges, and support the vital work of this year’s selected charities.”

The Telegraph’s annual Christmas Charity Appeal started in its current format in 1986 and has raised close to £30 million for charities since its launch.

Telegraph readers have a long history of fundraising including in 1915 for a monument for nurse Edith Cavell, which can be found outside St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, just off Trafalgar Square, as well as setting up the Cavell Nurses’ Trust to help nurses affected by their war work. In 1916, during the First World War, Telegraph readers’ donations helped supply three million rations of plum pudding for British soldiers on Christmas Day.


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