Caudwell Children supports #GivingTuesdayNow
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is supporting #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and generosity, taking place on 5 May, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), who lead #GivingTuesday in the UK, has found that many charities are struggling to survive due to COVID-19, with 37% saying they will not be able to last beyond 6 months. It also found that there are significant levels of generosity, with more than half of people saying they expect to help their neighbours or friends with shopping/errands or check on their vulnerable or elderly neighbours.
To shine a spotlight on this incredible generosity and to support charities at this difficult time, CAF has launched this special #GivingTuesdayNow as a chance for people to show their gratitude to the people and charities who have supported those in need through recent weeks.
Charities of all sizes have been playing their part in this battle, harnessing the goodwill of many to help meet vital needs which have not gone away in the face of coronavirus. With fundraising events cancelled and many volunteers self-isolating, charities are facing an uphill struggle to continue to be there for those in need.
The #GivingTuesdayNow campaign is, above all else, a day to thank all essential workers from everyone in the NHS, including medical staff, cleaners, porters, laundry staff and caterers, to the food chain staff, delivery drivers, bin collectors, public transport workers, teachers, milk and post men & women, emergency services, community volunteers, workers making PPE and tests, supportive neighbours and of course, charities.
The #GivingTuesdayNow campaign is encouraging everyone to share a message of thanks on social media and a heart in their front window (or a combination of both!) to demonstrate the country’s collective gratitude to all the people who are helping the public through these difficult times.
It is also encouraging those who are able, to think about giving to a charity close to their heart.
As part of the #GivignTuesdayNow campaign the team at Caudwell Children is urging people to support its ‘Emergency Appeal’ to ensure that disabled children can access the services that they need following the coronavirus crisis.
The charity says that it is working relentlessly to continue providing a lifeline to thousands of disabled children and their families at this challenging time.
“Families with disabled children are feeling vulnerable and isolated,” said Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children. “The increased burden placed on the NHS and social services means that support for disabled children will be adversely impacted for the foreseeable future.
“However, the charity is facing a dramatic loss of income as a significant percentage of our fundraising, as much as £3 million, comes from charity events and individual challenges, many of which we are now unable to hold.
“This makes it much more difficult for us to support the thousands of disabled children who so desperately need our help.
“We need to £3 million in the next three months to provide the services that our children and their families need.
“So I’m urging people to back our campaign as every penny raised will help us to deliver increased care and alternative provision during the crisis.”
The UK’s #GivingTuesdayNow lead, Grainne Mathews, said: “The Charities Aid Foundation is proud to lead #GivingTuesdayNow here in the UK and to join wholeheartedly in this celebration of the people who are helping us through such dark days.
“Charities have taken their place in helping to deliver for our communities and we could not be more inspired to support them in all that they do.”
Those interested in joining Caudwell Children’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit the web page here.
For more details about the Giving Tuesday UK movement, visit the Giving Tuesday UK website here or follow @GivingTuesdayUK and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.