Our charities need a lifeline to help them support vulnerable in crisis - the YEP says

Charities are a real lifeline to so many people but now their services are in demand like never before.

Saturday, 11th July 2020, 6:00 am
Yorkshire Brain Tumour Charity chief executive Marie Peacock warns about the impact the pandemic has had on charities.

Today, the boss of Leeds-based Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity warns of the “frightening” impact the pandemic is having on those it supports as well as its long-term future.

CEO Marie Peacock said demand for the charity’s services has soared - while fundraising and income disappeared “overnight” when lockdown hit.

They, like so many other charities, are being forced to try and claw back cash in different ways as traditional fundraising events have been postponed.

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Yet as they struggle to plug funding gaps, the demand for help has continued to soar.

The increased need for counselling as people struggle during the lockdown is just one of services that faces strain.

And that extra pressure coupled with the fall in funding leaves some charities fearing for their survival.

We need to make sure they are thrown a lifeline to carry on supporting those who need their help the most.