Children In Need match Stormzy's £10 Million Donation Pledge
BBC Children in Need have just announced that they will be matching Stormzy in donating £10m to fight racial inequality in the UK. The money will be donated over the space of 10 years, where the charity will work with Radio 1Xtra to develop young black talent in the media.
Stormzy says the money will help "in supporting and strengthening the young black community". The donation will also focus on ways to to help young business owners, offering skills that help them boost employability. A couple of years ago in 2018 Stormzy committed to paying for two black students to go to Cambridge University and also has a deal with Penguin to help young black authors get published in the UK.
The charity Children in Need currently funds over 3,000 charities and projects in the UK that help disadvantaged children and young people. The donations are being used to help young Black people but that the additional funding will go even further to create opportunities.
BBC Radio 1Xtra will also be involved in the process of helping to develop future radio presenters, telling the stories of the people and communities who are receiving the Children in Need funding. Kenny Imafidon, trustee of BBC Children in Need, said: "I can speak for the entire Board of Trustees and all the staff at BBC Children in Need when I say, we were really inspired by Stormzy's pledge. "I am excited about this new fund and I truly believe that this is the beginning of greater things to come, as we continue on our mission to support children and young people most in need." Stormzy has urged others to join in pledging.