Stormzy's Merky Foundation pledges £500K to fund education

Stormzy’s Merky Foundation pledges £500,000 to fund further or higher education for young people from underprivileged backgrounds

  • The pledge is part of the #Merky Foundation’s £10 million fund to tackle racial inequality and injustice 
  • The Black Heart Foundation’s Each Day. Every Day campaign will be the first UK charity to receive money from the fund 
  • The charity provides funding for young people who would not otherwise be able to afford higher or further education. 
  • The  #Merky Foundation has pledged £10 million over the next 10 years to organisations fighting for racial equality and social justice 
  • The rapper, 26, has frequently spoken out about racial issues in his career 

Stormzy’s charitable organisation – the #Merky Foundation – has pledged £500,000 to fund further or higher education for young people from underprivileged backgrounds.

The pledge is part of the #Merky Foundation’s £10 million fund to tackle racial inequality and injustice, which was announced in June.

The Black Heart Foundation’s Each Day. Every Day campaign will be the first UK charity to benefit from the fund.

Good cause: Stormzy’s charitable organisation – the #Merky Foundation – has pledged £500,000 to fund further or higher education for young people from underprivileged backgrounds (pictured February 2020)

The £10million fund supports organisations, charities and movements involved in tackling racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment in the UK, and will donate the mammoth amount over the next 10 years.

The Each Day. Every Day campaign was created in July in in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and aimed to raise £500,000.

It also aims to double the number of young people from under-resourced and under-represented communities it has helped so far through its Black Heart Scholarship Programme, taking it from 100 to 200.

The donation from the #Merky Foundation will take the total raised to more than £1.45 million, including £500,000 of match funding from the board of the Black Heart Foundation in response to the £437,000 raised on Just Giving.

Icon: The pledge is part of the #Merky Foundation’s £10 million fund to tackle racial inequality and injustice, which was announced in June (pictured February 2020)

A #Merky Foundation spokesman said: ‘The Black Heart Foundation is an incredible charity and we are proud to make them the first beneficiary to receive funding from our £10 million pledge, announced earlier this year. 

‘Their Each Day. Every Day campaign is a brilliant initiative and we are elated that our £500,000 donation has played a key part in helping them achieve their target. 

‘We encourage others to donate whatever they can to help change a young person’s life.’    

Stormzy has also previously funded the ‘Stormzy Scholarship for Black UK Students’ at the University of Cambridge, which covers tuition costs and maintenance grants for students. 

Speaking out: The Croydon rapper, 26, has frequently used his platform to raise awareness of racial issues (pictured December 2019)

Businessman Ric Lewis founded the Black Heart Foundation in 2000 and through the Black Heart Scholarship, launched in 2013, the charity provides funding for young people who would not otherwise be able to afford higher or further education.

He said: ‘We are grateful to #Merky Foundation and invigorated by their generosity.

‘Their contribution is an amazing testament to their vision and commitment to higher and further education for ambitious, hard-working young people from the most under-resourced and under-represented communities in our society.

Making a difference: Stormzy’s donation will support organisations, charities and movements involved in tackling racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment in the UK (pictured February 2020)

‘With their support we will reach another 50 young people, taking the total number of scholars we can help to 250.

‘I want to thank everyone that has donated money so far. The response we have had has been incredible.

‘I know there are others who still want to help us hit our original £500,000 crowdfunding target on Just Giving and so we are issuing one final invitation to everyone to get involved, give whatever they can, and be the change we want to see in our world.’

Stormzy, 26, announced his £10million pledge in June, in a statement released through his #Merky company   

It said: ‘The uncomfortable truth that our country continuously fails to recognise and admit, is that black people in the UK have been at a constant disadvantage in every aspect of life – simply due to the colour of our skin.

‘I’m lucky enough to be in the position I’m in and I’ve heard people often dismiss the idea of racism existing in Britain by saying ‘If the country’s so racist how have you become a success?!’ and I reject that with this: I am not the UK’s shining example of what supposedly happens when a black person works hard.

‘There are millions of us. We are not far and few. We have to fight against the odds of a racist system stacked against us and designed for us to fail from before we are even born.

 ‘Black people have been playing on an uneven field for far too long and this pledge is a continuation in the fight to finally try and even it.’

The Vossi Bop star has frequently spoken out about racial injustice in his career, and previously made headlines when he said Britain was a racist country. 

He has used his platform to criticise the Government’s reaction to the Grenfell Tower fire, performing a freestyle rap at the Brits in 2018 in which he called out Theresa May. 

Powerful: Back in June The star and his company #Merky released a statement saying they hope to even the playing field with their generous donations

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