We launched our Emergency Appeal last month in response to the impact of coronavirus. And we have been absolutely blown away by the response.
The COVID-19 Emergency Appeal asked for the help of individuals, companies, trusts and community groups so that we can continue to provide essential services to vulnerable young people who would otherwise be homeless. Following an outpouring of generosity and support, we are delighted to report that the appeal has raised an incredible £93,000.
This extra funding will be used to weather the storm of coronavirus, including buying emergency food parcels for young people and hosts, allowing young people to study and access counselling remotely, and paying for agency staff when our frontline team have fallen ill or have to self-isolate. The funds will also cover an array of other extra costs resultant from unprecedented challenges.
As well as financial assistance, we have enjoyed heartfelt messages from well-wishers, such as:
“Thank you for supporting people who are vulnerable in many ways at this difficult time.”
“We are all facing great challenges but the young people you help have more challenges than most. You do amazing work - keep it up!”
Anda Chiu, Senior Fundraising Manager, commented: “I am so heartened by the kindness and generosity shown by our supporters. The community spirit is what is getting us through this time of crisis and every donation and word of encouragement has meant so much to everyone at Step by Step.”