Mencap has received a £50,000 donation from Virgin Money to help support people with a learning disability during the coronavirus crisis.
The donation comes in response to the charity’s coronavirus appeal, which launched to help alleviate new financial costs relating to PPE and staffing.
Charities are facing an uncertain future, with the UK sector set to lose billions of pounds in income in the next quarter as a result of the pandemic.
Giving evidence to a government select committee in March, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) said it would usually expect charities to generate an income of £12.5 billion in the next quarter.
But NCVO’s chief executive, Karl Wilding, said losses for the sector during the crisis could “be in the region of £4 billion”.
Mencap said the funds raised from the appeal, including Virgin Money’s donation, will help the charity continue to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Edel Harris, chief executive of Mencap, said: “We don’t know what the future holds but what we do know is that the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and their families will continue to need the support of Mencap not just today but for many years to come. That’s why we are delighted that Virgin Money, who have been incredibly supportive and generous over the last year, will be extending our partnership.
“This partnership extension will enable us to continue our joint work to promote social inclusion through sport and reduce stigma towards people with a learning disability for generations to come. We look forward to continuing to work with Virgin Money to increase the visibility of people with a learning disability across society.”
Mencap said it will use its role as official charity for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon to put learning disability on the global stage.
On October 4, Mencap’s Learning Disability Running Squad, a team of runners who have a learning disability, are due to take on the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
The income raised from the Virgin Money Charity of the Year partnership and Team Mencap marathon runners will fund the charity’s new schools programme, All Move, which brings 1200 young people with and without a learning disability together through inclusive sport to tackle stigma.
It will also fund 10 new ACE Youth Groups for young people with a learning disability in Scotland, run by the charity ENABLE Scotland.