Charitable giving lies at the heart of Northern & Shell. As a responsible business we are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to support a diverse range of good causes in every possible way. As our Network has grown, so has our commitment to supporting the community.

Through The Health Lottery, which generates tens of millions of pounds for communities across the country every year, we aim to create a pipeline to fund our most deprived and isolated community groups for years to come. Health Lottery support has helped thousands of local health charities get up and running and we anticipate that it will help fund thousands more.

Additionally, hundreds of charities have received support and donations from Northern & Shell through The Desmond Foundation, which has dispensed more than £28 million to charities. Funds have been donated directly and also raised by the RD Crusaders Supergroup, which in addition to Richard Desmond has featured a range of performers including Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Greg Lake, Robert Plant, Mark Ronson, Zoot Money, Russ Ballard, Dave Howman, Steve Smith, Nikki Lamborn and many others.

Charities to have benefited include the Bomber Command Memorial Fund, World Jewish Relief, Norwood, The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London,The Evelina Children’s Hospital, humanitarian aid charities in Niger and many hundreds of smaller operations.

Northern & Shell Chairman Richard Desmond takes a personal and active interest in every charity supported and the Foundation processes requests and assesses where funds should best be made available.

The aim of The Desmond Foundation is to use donations in a focused and informed way to realise the greatest possible benefit to recipients. Its strategy is to allocate funds to a large number of smaller charities so that the money goes straight to the people who need it.

In recent years the Foundation has focused its awards on children and young people’s charities in the UK and has contributed extensively to further the wellbeing of disadvantaged sections of society, however, larger charities have also benefitted extensively with donations to schools, hospitals, old people’s homes, carer organisations, hospices and a wide range of medical support groups.

Children’s charities remain the focus of The Desmond Foundation but consideration is given by the Trustees to worthy causes outside this area, so long as the funds awarded can make a difference.

The RD Crusaders

Live at the Royal Television Society, Cambridge Convention – September 2013