The Care Workers’ Charity Emergency Fund has successfully reached its £1m fundraising target to support care workers in need due to coronavirus.
Thousands of individuals and businesses have donated to The Care Workers’ Charity Coronavirus Fund, set up to support care workers who are shielding, self-isolating, or unable to work due to contracting coronavirus.
Karolina Gerlich, Executive Director of The Care Workers’ Charity, said, 'To think only a couple of weeks ago demand for our emergency grants were surpassing our donations! I cannot put into words how happy we are to have reached this target.
'This would not have happened without the selflessness and kindness of those who donated. Without their donations many care workers would be facing a very difficult time.'
Despite the Care Workers' Charity reaching its £1m target, it has been overwhelmed by the sheer demand for grants, and has now raised its target to £2m. Having already issued over 1,000 grants to care workers self-isolating, funds will run out if more is not raised.
Care workers are amongst the lowest paid staff in the country. Many who are self-isolating receive at best statutory sick pay, others none. Some are going into debt and others are going hungry, and all for doing the right thing.
Care Workers' Charity is asking people to consider where they are currently saving small amounts of money and whether they might be able to donate that. It asks if someone is saving on their usual commute, their take-away coffee, or work lunches and can afford to donate, that they consider making a donation to support the UK's care workers.
The Coronavirus Fund is an emergency grant programme specifically designed to help those care workers in need due to the virus. The charity says, 'We will receive a large number of applications for help in the coming weeks and require extra funds to help with the increased demand. Any help you can give will go a long way. This is not going to be an easy journey, but together we can make it.'
Donations can be made at the dedicated Just Giving page.