Voluntary-sector leaders are warning that a financial crisis caused by the cancellation of hundreds of fundraising events due to coronavirus could undermine charities’ ability to support vulnerable beneficiaries, and future research. Charities which fund a significant amount of dementia research, including Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society could be hard hit!
With expected losses for the sector likely to run into hundreds of millions of pounds, and many organisations already struggling financially, charities have called on ministers to provide “substantial, simple and swift” cash grants to support frontline charities “who help knit communities together”. The cash-crisis warnings follow the postponement of next month’s London marathon, which last year raised £66m for hundreds of charities.
It is at times like these when the charities that fund out work, really need our help.
Here are two simple campaigns, which we hope you will consider backing.
Running Down Dementia – Run, walk or jog as much as you can between 1 April and 31 August, get sponsored to do it and help us move one step closer to a life-changing dementia treatment. You can push for 100km, challenge yourself to 300km, or simply run the distance that suits you – all abilities are welcome! To make a donation, ask questions about fundraising or if you just need somebody to chat to. Call them between 9-5, Monday-Friday on 0300 111 5555.
#DressingGownFriday – As we are all staying at home right now, we are asking supported to don their best dressing gown, share on social media using #DressingGownFriday sharing the following text ‘To donate text UNITE £5 to 70660’. You can change the value to any amount you like. The follow the message and get texting yourself. If you need advice or someone to talk to, call their Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
Dementia charities across the world and in your own country probably need your support too! To find a charity to support in your own country click here.