Telegraph readers raise more than £550,000 for three good causes

The Telegraph's 27th annual Christmas Charity Appeal raised more than £500,000 for three deserving charities, thanks to the generosity of its readers.

All three charities - Heads Together, Roald Dahl's Marvelllous Children's Charity and The Blue Cross Animal Charity - expressed their gratitude at a recent cheque presentation. We were delighted to be there and to have played a part in managing readers' donations.

Over the last 26 years, the Telegraph Christmas charity appeal has raised more than £23 million to improve the lives of those in need and this year was no exception. 

Blue Cross received £149,701. It helps to treat and rehome more than 35,000 sick and homeless animals every year, as well as offering support to anyone grieving over the loss of a pet. Julia McKechnie-Burke, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Blue Cross said: “We are deeply grateful to the Daily Telegraph for choosing Blue Cross as one of its beneficiaries for their Christmas Appeal. They have enabled us to showcase the vital work we do and raised invaluable funds allowing us to help even more abandoned, sick and injured pets each year.”

Homeless puppies take sanctuary and enjoy their first few weeks at Blue Cross CREDIT: ANDREW CROWLEY/TELEGRAPH

Homeless puppies take sanctuary and enjoy their first few weeks at Blue Cross
CREDIT: ANDREW CROWLEY/TELEGRAPH

The Heads Together campaign received £226,495. It aids the work of several mental health charities. The campaign, jointly coordinated by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, provides help to those who need it, while raising awareness and tackling the stigma of mental health problems. In a letter to Telegraph readers, the Duchess of Cambridge, on behalf of herself, Prince William and Prince Harry wrote:  “Telegraph readers’ support for the Heads Together campaign has been fantastic. William, Harry and I are working to change the conversation on mental health from one of stigma and fear to one of support and openness. Your generosity will make a big difference in the lives of so many people. Thank you so much.”

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Heads Together Patron, also thanked Telegraph readers for their support CREDIT: CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY IMAGES

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Heads Together Patron, also thanked Telegraph readers for their support
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Roald Dahl's Marvelllous Children's Charity received £173,896. It funds specialist nurses, research and family grants for children in greatest need. The money raised will help to provide more specialist children's nurses, as Chief Executive Jane Miles says: "The money raised from the generous donations of Telegraph readers will help to ensure that more seriously ill children have access to the care and support they deserve."

Alex Prescott, seven, spent Christmas in hospital and was looked after by Roald Dahl nurses after a bone marrow transplant CREDIT: WARREN SMITH

Alex Prescott, seven, spent Christmas in hospital and was looked after by Roald Dahl nurses after a bone marrow transplant
CREDIT: WARREN SMITH