More than 60 MPs have today pledged their support for an emergency appeal launched to raise money for workers financially affected by COVID-19.
The MPs from More United, a cross-party political movement, are backing the Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) in its bid to raise £1 million for workers who are being forced to self-isolate.
The Coronovirus Emergency Fund has already raised over £100,000 since its launch six days ago.
The CWC issues grants to care workers in financial difficulty, but the coronavirus pandemic has seen a huge increase in demand, and driven a need for more funds.
MPs have signed an open letter congratulating the charity and the public who have donated, and several of the MPs have donated themselves.
Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, said: “Care workers are at the front line of this crisis, and we need to make sure that those who spend their lives caring for others get the support they need. The grants that The Care Workers Charity provide are a vital lifeline, but the increased need means they need our support more than ever.”
Tabitha Morton, chief executive of More United said: “These are challenging times for everyone, but the way that people have come together in a time of crisis is amazing. We saw as a nation how we value the incredible work carers deliver everyday with #ClapforCarers, and this new fund allows people to show that they #Care4Carers and make sure that if a care worker needs financial support then they will get it. The wide support it has got from MPs shows how important this cause is and how valued our social care workers are.”
Driving the campaign since joining the CWC last week, executive director Karolina Gerlich said: “COVID-19 is one of the biggest crises our generation will see in its lifetime. Care workers are at the frontline of this, caring for the people in our society who are most susceptible to the virus. If a care worker needs to self-isolate they will fall into desperate need. For this reason, we need more funds for extra emergency grants. I am very grateful to all MPs that have signed the letter of support for our campaign.”
To donate to the emergency appeal, please click here. You can also promote the appeal on social media using the hashtag #Care4Carers.