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TFN-funded charity endorsed by Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Congratulations to TFN-funded charity PressPad, which has received a donation from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the wake of serious concerns raised about the portrayal of race in the British media.

Founder, Olivia Crellin (pictured far right) pitched PressPad - a social enterprise tackling the financial barriers to entry into journalism - at a stellar TFN crowdfunding event in September 2019.

At the time, the nascent organisation had turned over just £5,800 and had not yet had their first full year of trading. At the TFN event, donors came together and raised over £8,400 for this budding social enterprise, helping to ensure they were poised to step up at this vital moment. Our thanks go to TFN member, Patricia Hamzahee for putting them forward.

You can read more about PressPad's involvement in this article in the Guardian - relevant quotes are below:

“In a week that claims of media racism became a central part of the debate over the treatment of Harry and Meghan, Marcus Ryder, a visiting professor in media diversity at Birmingham City University, argued that a mixed-race woman’s arrival in the family fatally disrupted that cosy – if compromised – relationship...

“While Harry and Meghan did not comment further themselves, they made their view on whether the media has a diversity problem even clearer on Friday when they made a launch donation to a new charity, the PressPad Charitable Foundation, which “exists to improve socio-economic diversity within the media” – and announced Ryder as a trustee.”

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