The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) has been awarded £250,000 from the Julia and Hands Rausing Trust to help care workers in need.
The donation takes the total raised by the Coronoavirus Emergency Fund to over £810,000.
Having already donated £200,000 in just two weeks, more than the total grants issued in the whole of 2019, the donation from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust will provide 500 emergency grants of £500 each to care workers who are facing financial hardship due to self-isolation.
The CWC said it received the funding at “just the right time” as it was quickly running out of funds due to the demand of applications for grants.
Karolina Gerlich, executive director at the CWC, said: “Care workers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis delivering the best care they can in these difficult circumstances, often making many personal sacrifices. They are putting their health and lives at risk and many have had to shield or self-isolate because of it or have had the virus themselves. The Care Workers’ Charity thinks that it is essential that we support care workers more than ever in this difficult time and ensure that they do not go hungry or unable to pay their bills because of following the official guidelines.
“This grant will enable us to deliver five hundred grants to care workers in financial crisis. We are very grateful for the support from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and recognition of the amazing work that care workers do every day.”
Julia and Hans Rausing commented: “This continues to be an extremely difficult time for people across the UK in a variety of tough and challenging circumstances. We have been awestruck by the generosity of people in the UK, whether that be through volunteering in the NHS, delivering food parcels to vulnerable people unable to go outside or those donating to charities doing admirable work.
“There are a great number of charities doing vital work, and we hope these donations enable them to help as many vulnerable people as possible who have been impacted by the crisis”.