The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) has reached its £2 million fundraising target to support care workers in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since lockdown was announced, thousands of individuals, businesses and charity organisations have donated to the Covid-19 Emergency Fund, set up to support care workers who are shielding, self-isolating or unable to work due to contracting Covid-19 or having to cover funeral costs for their next of kin.
The charity initially hoped to raise £100,000, but this was reached just one week after the fundraiser was launched. The goal was then extended to £1 million, and when this was surpassed in May, a new £2 million target was set.
Karolina Gerlich, executive director of The Care Workers’ Charity, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the sheer demand for grants, something that I do not see an end to anytime in the near future.
“Without our charity and the kindness of people donating to the fund many care workers would be facing a very difficult time right now. We are a lifeline for most and very happy to be able to confidently help our care workers knowing we have the funds to do so.”
Gerlich issued a special message of thanks to care providers and organisations outside the care sector who have helped the CWC approve thousands of emergency grants. They include ASOS, HC One, Home Instead Senior Care, Julia Hans Rausing, Just Eat and Sekoia.
Grants are administered by the CWC and full details of the eligibility criteria can be found behind this link under the Crisis Grant section.