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BARNARDO’S has a 150-year history of serving the most vulnerable children and young people in our society.
In these unprecedented times of crisis, we remain as committed to this mission as we have ever been.
However, Covid-19 has created a perfect storm of acute need and a sudden loss of income for the charitable sector.
We have already lost a third of our monthly income as fundraising events have been cancelled and our retail shops have had to close, forcing us to temporarily furlough thousands of staff.
Therefore we have launched an emergency fundraising appeal to inspire members of the public, philanthropists, foundations and companies to donate to Barnardo’s at this critical moment.
Many children already living with mental health issues are finding their problems compounded by the coronavirus pandemic. Strains on mental health include feeling anxious, lonely and unsafe at home. Parents/carers may also feel anxious about not being able to support their children, making it difficult for them to care for their child’s wellbeing.
Your gift could help us remotely counsel and support children through this crisis, such as the supply of devices or access to data, as well as providing mental health and wellbeing packages offering families much-needed advice, as well as toys and activities for children.
Others are having difficulty accessing food and essentials, especially if they are finding it impossible to get to food banks. Your gift could help us to provide food vouchers and food parcels to keep children healthy during their time in isolation.
The coronavirus is pushing vulnerable children and families to the edge, putting them under unimaginable pressure, but very action you take for us will make a difference.
Now, more than ever, we need the support of everyone who – alongside Barnardo’s – believes in children.
Please visit www.barnardos.org.uk/coronavirus-crisis-appeal to make a donation, or send cheques payable to Barnardo’s to Crisis Appeal, Barnardo’s, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Essex IG6 1QG.
Sarah Crawley, Barnardo’s Regional Director