We are pleased to announce that Sudden has secured a £12,500 grant from the Swire Charitable Trust to support our efforts to help people and communities most impacted by COVID-19.

The Swire Charitable Trust makes grants to charities supporting some of the UK’s most vulnerable people to overcome barriers and realise their potential, and to charities who are protecting our precious environment and heritage.

The support that we have received is from their £1m COVID-19 Recovery Programme, which provides grants to charities who are delivering a critical response to the crisis or are facing severe short-term funding pressures.

Their programme prioritises charities that:

  • Can demonstrate that they are addressing a clear Covid-19 related need
  • Face unprecedented demand for their services
  • Are experiencing Covid-19 related funding gaps


For over 45 years the Swire Charitable Trust has supported the work of charitable organisations in the UK and in 2020 they awarded over £3 million in grants to just under two hundred recipient charities. They are funded by John Swire & Sons Ltd, the London-headquartered parent company of the Swire Group. Founded in Liverpool in 1816, this is now a diverse business group employing over 120,000 people worldwide.

The Trust has three main grant-making programmes – Opportunity, Heritage, and Environment – and they have specific aims underpinning each one of these, as well as overarching priorities to help guide them in their grant making. Details of these can be found here.

Sudden is reliant on donations. We are a charity-run service. If you’d like to contribute to our crucial work, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, then please donate to Sudden. Sudden is run and hosted by Brake, the road safety charity.

The Sudden service was launched in July 2020 after being awarded vital pandemic funding from the Government, the National Lottery Community Fund and Barclays, in recognition of Brake’s expertise in provision of early intervention care for people bereaved in unexpected and horrific circumstances.