Speaking to some of the charities which will benefit from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) funding, William not only claimed the UK is at its best during a crisis but that the community spirit rushes back at times of adversity. William, who is the trust’s first patron participated in a video call to members of grassroots charities.
Speaking to a representative from Moorlands Community Charity, William said: “I think Britain is at its best, weirdly, when we’re in a crisis.
“We all pull together and that community spirit and that community feel comes rushing back quicker than anything else.”
In footage of the video call, William also gave a high five to the Moorlands charity leaders.
He also praised them for the job they and their members had done so far.
Speaking to Dal Dy Dir, a community farm in Powys, Wales which supports people with disabilities, the fund was praised for making such a difference.
William insisted he wanted to ensure funding is getting to those who need it.
He said: “I want to make sure that the NET is getting it right and that the money is being distributed to the right people at the right time and that also you’re feeling supported.
“It’s got to be reassuring for everyone when so much is changing around them to know that you’re still there and your team are still looking out for them.”
Chief executive of the NET, John Herriman also praised the donations from the public.
He added: “We’re asking the public to make a contribution, if possible, and help us spread the word.
“Everyone who donates can be sure that their money is reaching those in need quickly and making a real difference to those who need it most.”
In order to help charities survive during the coronavirus outbreak, the Government launched a £750million fund last week.
An estimated £360million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities to providing key services.
A further £370million will also be made available to small to medium-sized charities.
Announcing the fund, Mr Sunak said charities are playing a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19.
He added: “This will ensure our key charities can continue to deliver the services that millions of people up and down the country rely on.”