An appeal has been launched in the Bailiwick of Guernsey to support our community, and the many charities that provide vital care and services.
WHO WILL THIS APPEAL HELP?
The charity and voluntary sector is at the heart of our community. Charitable organisations work tirelessly helping people who are sick, or elderly; the disadvantaged, and families who struggle to make ends meet. They provide advice and support to the young, and to people who may be lonely. Volunteers are on the other end of the phone when someone is diagnosed with an illness, or when people in desperate situations need someone to talk to. Charities help look after our environment, manage our public events, take care of our animals, and save lives at sea.
Without a strong, healthy, and motivated charity sector, many aspects of our community would suffer.
WHY DO WE NEED THIS COVID-19 COMMUNITY CHARITY APPEAL?
Since the start of this crisis, charities have seen a large and critical decline in their income. Fundraising events have been cancelled, ad-hoc donations have ceased, charity shops have closed, and sponsored activities have been abandoned.
Any charity needs income in order to fund their work. In some cases, Bailiwick charities have reported that their finances are now a serious cause for concern.
This has occurred right at a time when some organisations are having to work in different ways to provide their island services. There will also continue to be a significant increase in demand for assistance provided by the sector.
The COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal will provide financial assistance to help local charities so that they can continue their work; for example, if an organisation has had to introduce a new service as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic, or the reduction of income risks the ability of a charity to be able to continue its work.
IS THIS THE ONLY LOCAL CHARITY APPEAL?
Many local charities have launched their own “Coronavirus Appeals” which allow anyone to donate directly to the organisation and support their work.
The purpose of this COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal is to provide an official fund which will be used to support the sector. Many people and companies have expressed a desire to make a donation, but do not know the specific causes which most need assistance.
The official COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal has been endorsed by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder, KBE, CB, and the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas.
It is supported by the Association of Guernsey Charities, the body that represents the Bailiwick’s charitable and voluntary sector.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPEAL?
The COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal is being coordinated by the Social Investment Fund. This independent, non-profit organisation has recently been formed to enable significant sources of funding to be utilised for the benefit of the local charity and community sector.
Money collected through the COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal will be treated separately, and used specifically for the purposes of the appeal.
The Social Investment Fund is run by five Board Members, chaired by Jurat Stephen Jones, OBE, who has considerable experience of the charitable and voluntary sector.
HOW TO DONATE TO THE COVID-19 COMMUNITY CHARITY APPEAL?
You can donate money to the COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal via several methods.
Online (credit/debit card, Paypal, or bank transfer)
The local online donation service Giving.gg is an easy way to donate to the appeal.
(or copy this link into your internet browser: https://giving.gg/donate/charity/388/COVID-19-Community-Charity-Appeal)
You can transfer funds directly to the appeal:
Bank: Natwest Bank Plc
Account Name: Social Investment Fund
Sort code: 60-09-20
Account Number: 70956421
Credit / Debit Card
You can make a donation using a credit or debit card by telephone. Please ring 01481 717315 between 0830 and 1500 Monday to Friday.
You can send a cheque with your donation to the appeal. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Social Investment Fund’ and sent to:
COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal
Corporate Customer Services
Sir Charles Frossard House
St Peter Port