The recent media revelations, stating that some key workers have not been equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) during this pandemic, has been a great concern to many.
In response, The Ascension Trust and its CEO, Les Isaac OBE, have partnered with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), Christ Hospital Ministry (CHM), Dr Joan Myers OBE, Through The Roof, and Marva Bell MBACP (Counsellors Inc) to raise funds that will be used to purchase PPE for frontline workers.
Frontline employees, who work directly with people in social care, community care, residential care and charitable settings, will be given PPE, bought with funds raised from this initiative. These funds will also be used to practically support frontline staff and those who have suffered loss.
The Ascension Trust and their supporting partners are asking the public to support this initiative and donate financially to this cause. For instance, a donation of £12 can buy four boxes of latex-free gloves.
Dr Chi-Chi Ekhator MRCPCH, MRCGP, an Ascension Trust director, stated: “At this challenging time, our thoughts and prayers are with those families, communities and frontline workers affected by COVID-19. Ascension Trust and our partners are here to offer practical assistance in whatever way we can within our means.”
Dr Joan Myers OBE, commented: “It is imperative that frontline staff have the protection required to do their work effectively, without fear of succumbing to COVID-19 or taking it back home to their families. We have heard their call for practical support in the provision of PPE, and we would like to do as much as we can by donating PPE to frontline community staff so they can feel safe to go to work.”
Richard Reddie, Director of Justice and Inclusion at CTBI, said: “The COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc in our country (and around the world), with many of us losing loved ones, or knowing those who have been impacted by this crisis. While it is vital that we continue to pray for those affected, we must also support those in the frontline of the battle to tackle the virus. We can do this via prayer, but also through offering this type of practical support.”
There are three easy ways you can make a donation:
1) Visit www.ascensiontrust.org.uk/covid-19-appeal/ to find out more about this appeal and make a donation
2) A Just Giving page has been set up to collect donations. You can visit this page by clicking here
3) If you prefer to make a donation via a bank account, the details are:
Bank name: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Account Name: Ascension Trust
Account Number: 10086387
Sort Code: 16-00-93
Reference: COVID19 APPEAL
If you would like acknowledgement that we have received your donations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ascension Trust is a Christian interdenominational charity, established in 2003 and the umbrella body for a number of church-led initiatives – the best known of which is Street Pastors. Ascension Trust also serves communities, through initiatives such as Prayer Pastors, School Pastors, Rail Pastors, Response Pastors, the Synergy Network and Urban Youth Mission. Ascension Trust’s motto is ‘Equipping to Serve’. For more information, visit www.ascensiontrust.org.
Churches Together Britain and Ireland (CTBI) serves the churches in Britain and Ireland on the shared journey towards the full visible unity in Christ. As an agency of the churches through the four nations of Britain and Ireland, we aim, among other issues, to facilitate effective collaborative working. For more information, visit www.ctbi.org.uk.
Christ Hospital Ministry (CHM) serves those suffering from long-term illness and some of the most vulnerable groups in society. Their services include practical help for young people with mental health challenges, rehabilitation after hospital discharge, counselling and pastoral care.
For more information, visit www.chmworldwide.org.
Through The Roof is a Christian disability charity that changes the lives of disabled people around the world, and helps others to change lives too. They want to see everyone valued equally, fully included, and able to contribute their gifts and skills. For more information, visit www.throughtheroof.org.