Charitable response to COVID-19
As part of our response to the current COVID-19 crisis, we have been extending our support to a number of charitable partners. We are delighted to be able to support charities, organisations and employees in such difficult times.
Our global response
GSK is donating $10 million to The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, created by the UN Foundation and WHO, to support WHO and partners to prevent, detect, and manage the pandemic, particularly where the needs are the greatest. Amongst its objectives, the fund will enable distribution of essential supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers. GSK is also donating surplus reagents to support diagnostic testing to several countries and is preparing to do the same for surplus PPE.
Our UK response
In response to the NHS Charities Together – COVID-19 urgent appeal, we launched a fundraising page for GSK employees to donate towards this national appeal. Any donations made by our employees were matched by GSK which helped to provide essential support for NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. Together, we raised over £100,000.
Your donations helped to provide essential support for NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.
We are delighted to be able to support Crisis, the national charity for homelessness and one of our long-standing charitable partners, by donating £50,000 to their emergency campaign 'In this together', which will support people who are homeless during this pandemic.
WellChild, the national charity for sick children, have launched a 'Resilience Fund' to continue to provide support to families of children with serious and complex health conditions. We are delighted to be able to donate £50,000 to one of our long-standing charitable partners.
Donate £25,000 to Age UK's emergency funding programme to support their telephone services which are providing a lifeline for older people who are in self-isolation with calls up by over 50% and expected to rise. Age UK is supporting their network of local Age UKs in over 130 communities throughout the UK to ensure that they can continue to offer support on the frontline.
Shooting Star Children's Hospices care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Donate £25,000 in order to support their emergency appeal, as respite care and the Hospice at Home team out in the community have both been put on hold whilst end of life care and emergencies are being supported from one of their hospices, with a virtual hospice to support those self-isolating at home.
If you need some ideas to engage young people in STEM whilst they're not at school, then we can help. We have several STEM Education learning resources on our STEM Education website. Explore and filter on 'At home' under activity type for those that are easily done at home with little or no equipment.