Mothers’ Union joins the national Together coalition and launches a new ‘thank you to key workers’ Appeal

Mother’s Union is pleased to announce that it has joined with the Together coalition and along with its 55,000-strong membership in Britain and Ireland we will come together to say the biggest thank you possible to all those who have helped us to get us through Covid-19 on the 5th July. On the eve of the launch, 4th July at 9pm (BST) we will be holding an online Love thy Neighbour, A Service of Reflection and Celebration for Community and Kindness via our Facebook page (available afterwards on our YouTube channel). The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Sarah Mullally DBE will be preaching at this event. Mothers’ Union will continue to support the coalition in its mission to build a more connected society throughout 2020 and beyond.

The Together coalition invites everyone to join, from community groups to some of the UK’s best known organisations, from the NHS to the BBC, Sport England to the Women’s Institute and Girlguiding. Its aim is to bring people together and bridge divides, to help build a kinder, closer and more connected country. The Coalition is chaired by Mother’s Union Patron and Chair of Together, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Mother’s Union CEO, Bev Jullien said:

“The ethos of the Together coalition couldn’t have chimed more clearly with us, not just because of the work that we do, but especially at this moment in time when we are focused on the exceptional need for recovery and rebuilding within families and communities.”

To coincide with this, Mothers’ Union have launched a ‘thank you to key workers’ Appeal to recognise those who have continued to go above and beyond to help others. Whilst this has been a triumph of compassion and care during Covid-19, from nurse to delivery driver, careworker to cleaner, it has meant a great deal of personal sacrifice, including quality family time.

Mother’s Union CEO, Bev Jullien continues:

“At our best and through our own 55,000 local members we know that when people come together locally to solve their own challenges, amazing things happen. By coming together as Mothers’ Union in our new initiative to say thank you to our more unrecognised key workers, we want to create some amazing experiences and memories for them and their families.

We would love everyone that can to help support our Appeal because the simple things that matter like saying thank you can mean a great deal to so many.” 

The Appeal builds upon Mothers’ Union’s ‘Away From It All’ (AFIA) programme of experiences and holidays which it has run since 1965 in Britain and Ireland. AFIA has helped many to rebuild relationships within families that have become strained or fractured or where families have been kept apart. It includes referrals from local churches, doctors, health and social care workers.

We want to provide similar day experiences and short breaks for key workers to help rebuild family connections and togetherness, especially for families who have been kept apart or who are on low incomes, families of key workers that would often be unable to have experiences like this. This specifically includes less recognised key workers that have kept the country going too, from shop worker to charity worker, refuse collector to bus driver.

The Appeal officially launches on the 5th July and we are asking people to support it in whichever way they can, from nominating a key worker, to fundraising, to being a corporate partner or just letting people about the Appeal in their local communities and networks.

To find out more about the Appeal go to: mothersunion.org/thank-you-keyworker-appeal

Alice Braybrook, Interim Director for Together said:

“We’re really thrilled to have Mothers’ Union on board and look forward to working in partnership over the coming months.

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed new divisions in our society and deepened some that were there before – by class or geography, by politics, age, race or faith. Yet in some ways it has brought us closer, showing people at their best – volunteering, helping neighbours, protecting those at greatest risk, pulling together as communities. Every one of us – from the government and institutions to communities and individual citizens – can play a part in building a kinder, closer and more connected society.”

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