SAVE COMMUTE SAVE CHARITIES

Gloucestershire Community Foundation CEO Talitha Nelson has teamed up with Dominic Cotter from BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Together we are giving hope and support to Gloucestershire's most vulnerable people during the coronavirus.

Gloucestershire Community Foundation have been working hard over the since coronavirus struck, understanding the needs and the challenges our amazing charities are facing. These charities are still open and supporting the most vulnerable of our county whilst experiencing a potentially devastating, up to, and sometimes over, 50% loss of income at the same time.

It is predicted that over £4 billion will be lost in income into the sector, over the 12 weeks since lockdown. The government have helped in the short term with a pledge of £750 million but this wont last long, with 198,000 charities in the UK that's just £3,800 each.

With over 2,000 local charities, community and voluntary groups in Gloucestershire, we receive calls and emails everyday crying out for funding so they can continue to support people through the Coronavirus. They are delivering food, essentials, beds for the homeless and much needed emotional support. They are protecting front line services, but getting little recognition.

The appeal was launched on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Tuesday morning.  Listen in here

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We need money to save our Gloucestershire charities.

Have you saved on your usual travel/commute costs over the past few weeks?  If you can afford to, we are asking you to pass those savings on to charities. This will support the most vulnerable people who need us most NOW.

Find the JustGiving page here

We also need the fabulous work that is being done in communities throughout Gloucestershire to be recognised.  Please spread the word about our wonderful charity sector and share our appeal as widely as you can.