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Celebrities back #GivingTuesday

30 November 2015

Celebrities are rallying around #GivingTuesday – the charitable antidote to the sales frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio, comedians Miranda Hart and David Schneider, actor David Tennant and singer and current Strictly Come Dancing star Peter Andre are among those backing the day.

The global day of giving tomorrow (Tuesday) simply asks people to give a little time, money or their voice to a cause they care about.

Actor and comedian David Schneider said: "This is such a good idea. It's surfing the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with all that flinging dosh around so that you then fling dosh around for good causes. I expect it to get bigger and bigger here in the UK as we like a bit of moral offsetting."

More than 1,400 charities, businesses and organisations big and small have joined the global grass roots movement and have made plans for the day.

Last year, which was the first time #GivingTuesday came to the UK - figures showed that donations in the UK went up by 270% compared to the previous year.  

Miranda Hart, who is the patron of young people's charity Resurgo Spear, said: “#GivingTuesday is a great idea. I love seeing young people finding their self-worth, passion and hope.”

Historian and presenter Dan Snow, who supports literacy charity Beanstalk said: “I urge you to take part in #GivingTuesday and join me and thousands of others in making the world a better place, one child, one book, at a time.”

Partners include hundreds of grassroots voluntary and community groups, such as Ty Hafan and Rosie's Rainbow Fund, as well as dozens of businesses including RBSMicrosoft, BT, PayPal, Facebook and Argos. 

Former EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin who supports Rosie's Rainbow Fund said: “#GivingTuesday is a fantastic way to remind all of us that the holiday season is about more than just shopping but about caring, kindness and supporting one another.”

Research by the Charities Aid Foundation, which is organising #GivingTuesday in the UK, suggests that more than half of people (53%) agree that giving to charity makes them feel happy, but only 41% say that shopping in the sales makes then feel happy.

The Populus poll also found that more than three quarters (76%) of people in the UK think that Christmas has become too materialistic in Britain.

Manchester is the first #GivingTuesday city with its Manchester Gives More initiative, involving Manchester City Council, Manchester Community Central, the University of Manchester, Manchester Chambers of Commerce and the Royal Exchange Theatre and others.

Since #GivingTuesday was created in the United States in 2012, it has become a global movement with more than 30,000 partners in more than a dozen countries worldwide.

Hannah Terry, Head of Policy and Campaigns at The Charities Aid Foundation, said: "We are really excited about the day and to have so many well-loved celebrities adding their voices to the campaign helps to spread the message out far and wide - get out and give on #GivingTuesday. And it doesn't have to be money - you could give your time to a good cause, or do something simple like helping a stranger."


Dan Snow, Historian

There are few problems that wouldn’t be made a lot better by encouraging young people to read.  The data is clear.  Reading from a young age makes people happier, healthier, cleverer and potentially richer.  They are less likely to commit crime or require Government intervention.  The literacy charity Beanstalk are in hundreds of schools every day helping kids to read.  I urge you to take part in #GivingTuesday and join me and thousands of others in making the world a better place, one child, one book, at a time.

Hannah Cockcroft, Paralympian and world record holder

The Youth Sport Trust is the national charity devoted to building a brighter future for young people through sport.  It is passionate about maximising the power of sport to help young people achieve their full potential, helping them to be happy, healthy and succeed in life.  I'm proud to be supporting their work on #GivingTuesday.

Simon Weston, OBE, Falklands Veteran

I am delighted to be involved with the charity Care After Combat, a fantastic charity that provides professional assistance for the wellbeing of veterans and their families – a cause which is naturally very close to my heart.  They are doing some incredible work so please support us if you can by TEXT COMB11 £5 to 70070.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Anchor, Channel 4 News & Unreported World

The Duchenne Children’s Trust is working against the clock to find treatment and cure for thousands of boys with this fatal type of muscular dystrophy.  It is the most cruel of diseases and every penny helps get them closer to that cure.  That’s why I urge everyone to support #GivingTuesday and help make a difference.

David Tennant, actor

It is fantastic that Circle is participating in #GivingTuesday again this year.  I’ve been a patron of this Scottish charity since 2006.  Circle works at the heart of communities across Scotland supporting vulnerable families affected by parental substance misuse and parental imprisonment.  The charity's purpose is to improve the lives of children by strengthening families.  I am proud to support the charity as I strongly believe in their work helping families in challenging circumstances.

Miranda Hart, comedy actress and writer

#GivingTuesday is a great idea.  And it gives me the chance to tell you about the charity I am patron of and love called Resurgo Spear that runs an amazing programme with an astonishing success rate to get young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into work.  I love seeing young people finding their self-worth, passion and hope.

Lucy Benjamin, actress

#GivingTuesday is a fantastic way to remind all of us that the holiday season is about more than just shopping but about caring, kindness and supporting one another.  Rosie’s Rainbow Fund and I are proud to be a part of this very special day of giving back.

Lawrence Dallaglio, Sports Commentator on BT Sport and former professional rugby player

This #GivingTuesday we’re asking our Dallaglio Foundation supporters to sign up to Give As You Live so they can support disengaged young people through RugbyWorks by donating as they shop online.  It couldn’t be easier!

David Schneider, actor and comedian

This is such a good idea. Surfing the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with all that flinging dosh around so that you then fling dosh around for good causes. I expect it to get bigger and bigger here in the UK as we like a bit of moral offsetting. 

"It's a bit like going to a spa after bingeing, like having a materialist colonic irrigation. Not that I know what a colonic irrigation feels like. Plus it's good to have a day that focuses people on giving.

Note to editors

1.        20 tips for how people can get involved in #GivingTuesday can be found here: http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/assets/files/resources/20ways_GivingTuesday2015_Infographic.pdf

2.        Last year, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and a number of celebrities including Helen Mirren, David Tennant and Rita Ora all publicly supported the campaign. .

3.        For more information about #GivingTuesday go to http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/

4.        Populus surveyed 2,118 UK adults aged 18+, on their online omnibus survey, during the 18th – 19th November 2015

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