The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity (TCCC) has donated £500,000 towards projects supporting children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing in the UK.

TCCC’s decision has been made in partnership with BBC Children in Need after trustees recognised the “urgent” need for more funding for projects of this kind.

This year, Thomas Cook’s network of retail stores has raised £23,500 for the charity in locally arranged fundraising events.

Donations are made by Thomas Cook customers, colleagues, business partners and suppliers when they book a holiday, fly on Thomas Cook Airlines and join fundraising events in Thomas Cook stores.

Jamie Queen, chair of Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, said: “Our trustees recognise the urgent need for more funding for mental health and well-being projects.

“Working in partnership with BBC Children in Need in this area will allow us to make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our local communities.

“This donation would not have been possible without the generous contributions we receive. We are very grateful to everyone for their fundraising efforts and continued support.”

Claire Hoyle, BBC Children in Need’s commercial director, said: “Today’s young people face a range of complex challenges that have the potential to affect their wellbeing but we also know that they can overcome many obstacles, given the right support.

“This money will be used to fund projects working with children and young people across the UK.”