Call for charity support:
Charities are more important now than ever before. This crisis has exposed the vast chasms that exist across our society, and the vital work that charities do must continue to be supported. Unfortunately, many charities have seen their funding streams dry up in recent weeks, and along with the crisis in society has come a worrying crisis in the charity sector.
Last night the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced funding of £750 million for charitable organisations, with £370 million of that being ringfenced for smaller local charities like the ones that are doing inspiring work across Croydon right now. Whilst this is welcomed, given the two-pronged crisis facing the charity sector of increased demand of their services and reduced funding streams, I fear that this announcement will not go far enough in filling the financial black hole facing the sector. Charities are facing an existential crisis, and if we do not act now, it will be the most vulnerable in our society who bear the brunt of this. If you are able, please do consider giving generously to charities, local and national, at this critical time.
In a similar vein to the problems that charities are facing, food banks across Croydon are seeing unprecedented demand as people across our community are increasingly having to rely on them for support. At the same time, donations to these foodbanks are stalling. So I ask please, if you can, consider donating to your local foodbank today. You can find a list of all Croydon foodbanks and their donation times here.
I recently received an urgent appeal from the NHS calling for continued blood donations. There has been a dip in donations in recent weeks, and whilst they assured me that there is enough blood stock in reserve for the time being, it is vital that donations do not continue to fall.
Blood donation centres have now been adapted to minimise contact with other people in light of the coronavirus, with regular cleaning taking place too. So, if you are healthy and able, you can be sure of your safety should you decide to give blood. The NHS have also stated that giving blood is a valid reason for leaving the house at this time too. Please do consider giving blood, you will be helping the NHS in their time of need by relieving one of the many pressures that their incredible staff are facing. Whether you’re a regular donor or you’ve never donated before, please visit here to find out more about how you can donate.