Thursday 9th April, 2020

COVID19: Support for charities

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Romsey Mill welcomes the Government’s initial expression of support for charities

The Chief Executive of Romsey Mill, a leading youth, families and communities charity in Cambridgeshire, has welcomed the Government’s announcement to support charities through the Coronavirus crisis – but has said that more support is needed.

On Wednesday 8th April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak announced a £750m package of support for charities responding to the COVID19 crisis in the UK, including £370m for small and medium-sized charities, involved in local responses. The Chancellor said that “one of our greatest strengths as a society is our civil society,” adding that charities “have not been forgotten”. He said that “today the government will do our part” with what he called “a plan to support our social fabric”. Mr Sunak also acknowledged that the existing furlough scheme for businesses is not always suited to charities, which cannot consider “shutting up shop” when so many people need help from charitable organisations.

Neil Perry, Chief Executive of Romsey Mill said:

"We are delighted that the Government has acknowledged the vital role that many charities are performing, and will continue to perform, in response to the effects of COVID19.

“And we welcome the financial support that is being made available at this time.

“Like Romsey Mill, many charities have seen an immediate loss of significant income, which is impeding their ability to provide support to those in need now, and potentially threatening their sustainability beyond this crisis.

“Even if Romsey Mill is successful in accessing some of the funding that has been announced, we will still need to find other ways to raise the funds that we need. We are losing £25,000 of income each month from activities such as room hire, charity and coffee shop, and community and individual fundraising events. It may not be as large an amount as some of the bigger charities are predicting they will lose, but it makes a world of difference to Romsey Mill’s ability to function.

“We need funds to respond to those in need now; and have shaped our work to be able to do that as best we can, even whilst we can’t work face-to-face.

“But we also need funds to be able to plan for and deliver the support we know will be needed when the immediate crisis eases, as many of the hidden effects will come to the surface, such as mental health challenges, domestic violence, neglect for young people at home and lack of employment opportunities.

“People who were already experiencing disadvantage before the Coronavirus pandemic, risk being further disadvantaged once this passes, and finding they overwhelmed and unable to cope.

“It is vital that Romsey Mill is still able to provide support to those people beyond the Coronavirus pandemic.

“To our supporters we say, we need your help now more than ever. If you are able to commit to making a one off gift, or smaller regular donations towards our work, it would help to make the world of difference.”

 

How you can help:

To help make a world of difference, please donate via:

www.justgiving.com/romseymill (and include RMCOVID in your message when making the donation)

or,

By BACS transfer (please include RMCOVID in the reference):

Bank: CAF

A/c name: Romsey Mill Trust Ltd

Sort Code: 40-52-40

A/c no.: 00030789

or,

By cheque, made payable to "Romsey Mill Trust" and sent to: Romsey Mill, Hemingford Road, FREEPOST CB1067, Cambridge CB1 3YD (please write RMCOVID on the reverse of the cheque)