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 more than a thousand 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 Richard Desmond Charitable Trust, which has dispensed more than £20 million over the past decade. Funds have been donated directly and also raised by the RD Crusaders Supergroup, which 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 Trust processes requests and assesses where funds should best be made available.

The aim of the Richard Desmond Charitable Trust is to use donations in a focused and informed way to realize 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 trust 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 benefited 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 Richard Desmond Charitable Trust but consideration is given by the Trustees to worthy causes outside this area, so long as the funds awarded can make a difference.

Norwood is a leading UK Jewish charity, supporting vulnerable children, families & people with learning disabilities. Richard Desmond has been President of Norwood since May 2006 and has been involved with the organisation for more than 20 years. Norwood Charity Website and the Norwood 2013 Dinner

Other Links – Richard Desmond’s mission to Rabbi’s Pinsk orphanage

The RD Crusaders

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