Bianca Mitchell, charity partnerships director at Savoo has given her expert opinion on the current pandemic, and it’s affect on Charities throughout the UK.
“The effect COVID-19 is having on charities throughout the UK is unprecedented. Charities are facing huge pressure both from the loss of income and the increase in demand for their services. A new report found that 43% of charities have seen an increase in demand, this is why charities like the Mental Health Foundation and AgeUK have taken to using online platforms so they can keep providing the same service as much as possible.
However, with the increase of support needed, the same report stated that they have also seen a 48% decline in voluntary donations. Last month the chancellor announced a £750m support package to help charities, but many have stated that although it is a start it may not be enough as the charity sector is estimated to lose a minimum of £4 billion during the pandemic.
As we continue to go through these events, it is more important for the public to rally behind charities as much as they can.
Continuing to donate to a wealth of charities during these times is Katrina Cliffe who says: “[I am] continuing to donate to @Tommys_baby and @Blisscharity, have done so for almost 16 years. Cannot imagine how those going through babyloss and premature births are coping during COVID. I’ve been thinking a lot about families who are going through this under COVID restrictions.’
Commenting on her own experience:
“I tragically lost my first baby, Casey, and I was so grateful that my family could visit me in hospital during this time. We were able to arrange a funeral for him and say our goodbyes, as he was technically classed as a late miscarriage, this helped to have the family involved so that he was seen as a person who meant so much to us and it would have been heart-breaking for this not to have happened.”
“I have made donations to the charity I work for @PramaUK as they urgently need funding for PPE for care workers.”
There are many ways to fundraise or give to your favourite charity during the coronavirus pandemic without leaving your house. Here are just some of them:
Donate your commute: With the lockdown happening, it is very likely you are saving money from not taking your daily commute to work or you are able to get a refund on a season ticket.
Host a virtual event: Whether that is a virtual comedy or quiz night, you can ask people to make donations rather than buying tickets.
Shop and donate: Websites like Savoo allow you to donate to a charity of your choice at no extra cost or effort every time you use a voucher code to save money on your online shopping.
Online fundraising platform Savoo.co.uk saw a 72% decrease in charity donations within the first 2 weeks in May compared to the first 2 weeks of January. So, whether you’re filling the cupboards with food for the coming weeks or staying active with some home gym gear, there are plenty of ways you can give back to charities like The Trussell Trust, Marie Curie and St John’s Ambulance. In these uncertain times, let’s come together and start raising vital donations for those that need it most.