POSTED: 11 May 2020

BNP Paribas announces £1million support package for UK COVID-19 relief efforts


BNP Paribas UK has announced an additional package of support for UK charities worth more than £500,000.

BNP Paribas UK has announced an additional package of support for UK charities worth more than £500,000.

The bank, which has its UK Personal Finance business located right here in Solihull, is providing the support to help disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated people who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds are being provided in addition to £500,000 already committed to London’s Imperial Health Charity and brings the total amount of donations by the BNP Paribas group to over £1million in the UK and $55 million worldwide.

One of the UK charities benefitting from this will be the Trussell Trust, which runs the largest network of foodbanks in the country and provides a valuable lifeline for struggling families. Its work includes supporting organisations such as Sparkhill Foodbank, who the Solihull team have worked closely with since 2013.

On a local level, funds will also be made available to Dallaglio RugbyWorks, an intensive, long-term skills development programme which aims to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.

BNP Paribas Personal Finance became the founding partner of the charity – founded by England rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio - in the West Midlands in 2018 and hopes that this donation will help them to stay connected with the young people on the programme throughout this challenging time.

Stephen Hunt, CEO at BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK, said: "In such a short space of time, daily life has changed significantly for so many people.

“We hope this support package will offer relief and comfort to some of those people who are most in need across the West Midlands and the UK.”