National charity launches ‘Emergency Appeal’
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has launched an ‘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.
Despite facing a dramatic loss of income from their fundraising activity, following the government guidance restricting social gatherings, bosses at the charity say that it must continue delivering its services at a time when many disabled children are being adversely impacted.
“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 charity, which provides vital mobility equipment and life-changing treatments and therapies, realises that disabled children and their families need its help more than ever before so it has adapted its services to provide the support that they need.
- Providing families with assessments via videocalls or telephone to continue the Caudwell Children Autism Assessment Service
- Delivering ASDAN qualifications to children in their own home with telephone and online support
- Delivering a short break activity day service for children and families in the home with telephone and videolink support
- Collaborating with partners to offer legal advice where needed
- Extending their telephone, email and online advisory services to families
- Producing home support/activity packs for children and families
- Continued support of applications for much needed equipment
The charity will adapt its services week by week throughout this period to ensure they meet the changing needs of its beneficiaries.
Trudi says that during this public health crisis, when the needs of disabled children is increasing, not lessening, the charity is determined to give them even more support by raising as much funds as it can.
“I can guarantee that 100% of the funds raised will go to supporting disabled children,” continued Trudi. “Not one penny will go towards the administrative costs of the charity as they are covered by the charity’s largest benefactor.
“By donating to our emergency fundraising appeal you can help us to support the seven percent of children in the UK who are disabled, that’s 800,000 children.”
Trudi is encouraging individuals who are unable to contribute at this time to pass on information about the emergency appeal to friends and family, so that they may get involved.
She’s also asking those who have registered to take on a fundraising challenge later in the year to take on an alternative challenge in their home and says that the charity has created a number of virtual events that people can take part in.
With the Coronavirus set to effect more lives across the UK Trudi is hoping that members of the public will make a donation in what is a difficult time for the charity sector. As she concluded “Caudwell Children has provided life-changing support for over 50,000 disabled children, with over 653 medical conditions, since its foundation in 2000, and we must continue supporting disabled children through this crisis and peruse our vision of giving them choice, opportunity, dignity and understanding.
“With the public’s help we will be able to do just that!”
You can make a donation through Caudwell Children’s website here.
You can find out more about the charity’s challenges and virtual challenges here.