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CrossReach
Conorovirus (Covid-19)
Update
May 2020

Dear <<Preferred Salutation>>,

We continue to be humbled, blessed, delighted, thankful, and thrilled by the amazing generosity you, and many hundreds of CrossReach supporters like you, have shown towards the CrossReach Covid-19 Emergency Appeal.

Your generosity towards the people CrossReach are supporting during this Covid pandemic is beyond all that we could have asked or imagined, and we praise Father God for the outpouring of love you have shown to care home residents and others through your giving. When you could have been thinking of yourself, you thought of others, and they, and you, are blessed as a result.

Total donations to the appeal, so far, are over £230,000 and increase by the day.

Thank you!

Your expressions of love have helped ensure that CrossReach staff have the resources which they need to help them to be as connected and protected as possible throughout this pandemic as they provide loving care during these extra-ordinary times.

Your generosity has provided PPE, such as face masks, gloves aprons etc., and more, including helping with other additional costs.

Covid-19: view from the Services
For all of us, Covid-19 has presented its challenges, and CrossReach has not been exempt from this.
The staff team at each CrossReach service have risen to the challenges the virus has presented. There simply isn’t enough space to mention the impact on each service or the creative approaches in dealing with the challenges, so here’s a few examples...
Eskmills
While the lock-down has been unprecedented and undoubtedly been a period of loss and sadness for many families, service users at CrossReach Eskmills have found it an immensely creative opportunity. They have thrown themselves into everything from home baking cakes, tablet, muffins and so on, to craft activities including t-shirts designed to celebrate our NHS heroes and leading the community hand clapping on Thursdays. They have also enjoyed their barbecues, musical sessions, art activities, and Netflix binge watching.
Counselling
We have all heard of the concerns the lock down is having on the public’s mental health. Although face-to-face counselling is no longer possible, CrossReach counsellors are being trained in, and are providing, counselling remotely. This is a good example of the innovation and commitment CrossReach staff have to those who look to CrossReach for support.
Daisy Chain
Over the last few months CrossReach Daisy Chain, with finance, help and support from Peter Vardy Foundations, SemiChem, Lidl, House of Sher, Brakesand many other local businesses and organisations, have been able to support between 30-40 families each week living in the Govanhill area of Glasgow by providing food parcels, craft packs and other basic essentials.

These are families where the only source of income has stopped so they have found themselves in very difficult situations. Added to that, many families are self isolating with very small children and unable to visit a supermarket and so our food parcels have been a welcome relief.

 
The weekly food parcels are eagerly awaited as Daisy Chain staff and other volunteers deliver them. In addition to dried and fresh food, we also provide toiletries, nappies, wipes, female hygiene products, antiseptic gel and face-masks, all of which are expensive purchases for families to make on an ever tightening budget.
Children also receive a fun pack with craft resources and ideas for creating things at home together. Each week, children wait at the window for our staff, grinning and waving as they arrive. We get to spend some time dancing in the street for them, making funny faces and generally just being a bit silly to bring a bit of joy their way. We also get a chance to have a very brief and socially distant chat with parents who are isolating and as a result are very isolated. It really is the highlight of our week and we are so incredibly grateful to all of CrossReach's supporters for making it possible.
Older People's Services
The biggest direct impact of Covid-19 has been on CrossReach's older people's services, and in particular, the Care Homes.

At the moment Care Home staff are preparing for Phase 1 of the lifting of the lock-down, so are extremely busy working on this. We plan to bring you a view from Older People's Services in a future edition of eNews.

In the meantime, please continue to pray for the staff, residents and managers of the Care Homes, and all CrossReach's other services, as they seek to provide the best possible care in these
extremely difficult circumstances. 
Responding to the continuing need
While there may be some relaxation in the rules around lock-down and some developments in potential vaccines, Covid-19 is going to be part of our daily living for some time yet. It will affect our shopping, our work, travel, meeting friends and family and, for CrossReach, how we continue providing our loving care.

As we said above, your response to the Covid-19 Emergency Appeal has been tremendous. Yet the need continues.

Among the generous responses to the Covid-19 Emergency Appeal, over 20 individuals have decided to support CrossReach on a regular, monthly, basis. This provides CrossReach with a known, regular income to use for ongoing costs associated with the virus, and other regular costs. I wonder if you might prayerfully consider doing the same and becoming part of an ever growing number of supporters, like you, who give what they can, be that £5 per month or £500 per month, or somewhere in between, to CrossReach. 

Your donation to the Emergency Appeal has demonstrated your knowledge of, trust and commitment to the people CrossReach support. Please, if you are able, strengthen and affirm that commitment to them by starting a regular monthly donation now.

Watch what Colin, who gives monthly to CrossReach, has to say about this HERE 

Click HERE to make a monthly donation via JustGiving or email us for a regular donation form to set up a Standing Order.  Thank you.

If you don’t feel you can give a regular donation just now, perhaps you might consider a (further) donation in a few weeks time to help with the continuing costs of seeking to support people to achieve the highest quality of life which they are capable of achieving at any given time, including during this Covid-19 pandemic.
Send your donations to: Covid 19 Appeal, CrossReach, Charis House, 47 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2SR.

Thank you.


How are you?
I am very aware that many of our wonderful supporters are currently shielded, or are otherwise not seeing anyone from day to day. You are important to me, to everyone here at CrossReach, and especially, to our Heavenly Father. And I want you to know that I am praying that you will know the comfort and presence of the Prince of Peace, Jesus, during lock-down. If you’d like me to pray for anything in particular for you, then please drop me an email

And please, stay safe, stay well, and thank you for supporting CrossReach and helping others stay alive.

 
Pete Cuthbertson 
Donor Partnership Officer
 
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