There are four main types of Charity Appeals which the BBC broadcasts:

  • Regular network broadcast appeals for individual UK-based charities.These are the weekly BBC Radio 4 appeals and the monthly Lifeline appeals on BBC One.

  • Specific fundraising initiatives such as BBC Children in Need Appeal Night, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief with Comic Relief, the annual St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

  • Appeals on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which is composed of UK charities involved in overseas relief work, when a humanitarian crisis occurs.

  • Appeals for charities working in Northern Ireland and the English regions.

BBC broadcast appeals should reflect the diverse range of work being done by the charitable sector, and have three main purposes:

  • To provide information to the BBC’s audiences about a wide range of charities which need their support. In doing so, the BBC recognises its responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that the individual charities are financially sound and that donations will be used appropriately.
  • To encourage members of the public to give to charitable causes.

  • To give charities the opportunity to raise money and raise public awareness about their work.

Find out more in this section about:

Grants - Can I apply for a grant from the BBC?

Appeals Advisory Committee - Who are they and what do they do?

History - The history of Charity Appeals on the BBC

Amounts Raised - How much money do the appeals raise?

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BBC Charity Appeals Unit