Many charities have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but music mogul Simon Cowell has pledged to donate a whopping £1.3 million to those that are struggling the most.
The X Factor judge, 60, revealed that he was “devastated to learn” that charities including ones such as Shooting Star Children’s hospice, which he is Vice President of, were having difficulty during this time due to the virus outbreak “having a huge knock-on effect on thousands of small charities across the UK.”
Writing in his The Sun column, the star shared that he would be covering the £500,000 deficit faced by Shooting Star while also continuing his “on-going pledges”. Additionally, he explained that he is going to donate to two other charities; Feeding Britain and Feeding America.
The star wrote: “I have decided with my team at Syco to donate $1,000,000 (£800,000) towards the immediate needs of some of the most vulnerable people impacted by this virus, and this will be split between Feeding Britain and Feeding America, where I work and live.”
“I don’t like celebrities telling people what to do, and I know this is a hugely difficult time for so many — worries about family, health, jobs, paying the mortgage and feeding their family are at the forefront of people’s minds.
“But there are still other people in business and in entertainment with resources available. So today it’s those people I’m urging to rise to this enormous challenge.”
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Simon explained that Shooting Star, a charity that is "a lifeline to 800 families wth babies, children and young people suffering from the most devastating life-limiting conditions", had to close two of its hospice sites last week as well as charity shops, which are a big part of its fundraising.
The owner of the Syco label has been spending lockdown in California with his son Eric, six, and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman. The governor of the west coast state recently issued a statewide ‘stay at home order’ for the 40 million residents to not leave their house until told otherwise.
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Although in the U.S, Simon did join the legion of famous faces and ordinary people praising Britain’s healthcare system as he wrote: “To the NHS and first responders across the world, we are all truly grateful.
This is a war that nobody envisaged, and without those key workers we would all be beaten.”
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