Our top 10 highlights of 2020 

2020 in purple graphic

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock and to reflect on the year gone by. Even though the coronavirus forced a change of landscape for everyone, we were cheered to see how the Trust navigated the challenges and has come through stronger. 

Here are our top 10 achievements for 2020:

  1. We smashed our target of £25,000 in our #NewsroomsForAll campaign – our first public fundraiser
  2. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) kick-started our #NewsroomsForAll campaign with donation of £5,000 and Channel Five News took us over the finishing line with donation of £2,000
  3. We increased our number of followers on all our social media platforms
  4. We held 19 free online events which were attended by more than 650 people, five of which are recorded and down-loadable
  5. We raised our profile in #RememberingJohn, a campaign to commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Schofield
  6. We secured the support of more than 60 high profile names in the media world to serve as our champions
  7. We added eight new members to our advisory board to ensure access to a diverse range of experience and insight
  8. In response to the lockdown, 88% of our mentors agreed to continue supporting their mentee after the official end date of the 2019-20 scheme, to and for those who couldn’t, we found replacement mentors
  9. We received the highest number of applicants for our early career mentoring scheme and selected the highest number of mentees for 2021

Thank you to everyone who helped us make it such a fantastic year: all our volunteers, our donors and funders! We can’t wait for the New Year to begin….