05 Nov 2015

£18.3m raised with MyDonate for Nepal Earthquake Appeal

 Nepal Earthquake

Within 12 hours of the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015 BT MyDonate launched a dedicated appeal page for the official Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

The relief effort touched many hearts, and scores of charities and fundraisers turned to MyDonate to fundraise, donate and launch their own appeals to help those in Nepal.

Six months on the amount raised via MyDonate for the appeal has passed £18.3m and BT has received high praise for its contribution in helping fundraisers make donations.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) recognised MyDonate, BT’s commission-free online fundraising service, as being a ‘reliable and secure system’ for people to give.

Saleh Saeed, CEO Disasters Emergency Committee also called out BT’s swift response in the aftermath of the earthquake.

"We want to thank BT and all BT staff and volunteers for helping DEC respond so quickly to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

“BT MyDonate has proven yet again it is a reliable and secure system for DEC donors to give through – thank you.”

Alice Hunt, head of MyDonate and corporate fundraising at BT says: “The public response to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal was fantastic. Providing charities with a safe and secure appeal platform in moments of emergency is something the MyDonate team is proud to deliver.”

Greatest challenges…

To date, the DEC appeal totals £85m. More than 900,000 survivors from across the worst-affected areas of Nepal have received food, water, shelter and healthcare.

The DEC has published a blog detailing the top three greatest challenges faced in the first six months of rebuilding Nepal, such as reaching remote areas, combining local and international expertise and helping marginalised people.

… and trials ahead

Despite the achievements, the looming winter brings fresh problems which threaten to create further suffering. A severe shortage of fuel across the country is making the deployment and delivery of relief goods almost impossible, leaving more than 400,000 people in the high mountains without adequate shelter and supplies.

You can still help

You can give securely to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal with MyDonate. Unlike other online donation sites BT MyDonate doesn’t take commission, charge charities for registering or receive a percentage from the total money raised. Aside from the credit card (1.3%) or debit card fees (15p) - every penny goes to the cause.

Find out more about the appeal and how the funds will be used to save lives and rebuild Nepal.

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