The charities supported by this year’s appeal include: the UK’s leading dementia charity, Alzheimer’s Society, and the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust. Along with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which helps young people build life-long belief in themselves and Maggie’s, a national charity which gives psychological and practical support to people with cancer from their centres across the UK.
All of this year’s chosen charities are continuing to cope with the impact of the pandemic on their work. The appeal launched on Sunday November 6 and will remain open until January 15, 2022. Donations can be made online here.
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. In 2020, the Telegraph raised over £2 million for charity thanks to readers supporting both the Christmas Appeal and the special Coronavirus Charity Appeal.
Telegraph readers have a long history of fundraising, say the publishers, 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 the setting up of the Edith Cavell Trust to help nurses impacted 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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