Fundraising Appeal launched in wake of Covid-19 Crisis
We have launched a fundraising appeal as we face losses of up to £1 million because of the Covid-19 crisis.
Since the start of the outbreak, we have suffered a huge dent in our income, and will continue incurring significant losses without donations. We are asking for people’s help as we launch an appeal.
Shortfalls have occurred because we have been forced to close our five shops across the East Midlands, mass participation events have been cancelled and we are unable to hold any fundraising events.
Although we are not at imminent risk of closure, the long term impact for our hospice, which supports over 450 families, is unknown.
Since the crisis began, we have been looking after children and young people from Leicester’s Children’s Hospital to help relieve strains on the NHS and nursing them until it’s safe for them to go home. .
We have also extended our bereavement support and counselling to every local family who has lost a loved one, and last month, our At Home Support service was launched enabling Hospice Care Assistants to visit our families in their own homes. We are also providing emergency stays for families and end of life care.
At Rainbows, we rely on donations and fundraising to keep our services running and much of that has disappeared overnight. We’ve received some support from the government but we’re still left with a huge hole in our income. We know times are hard for everyone but we are determined to continue to be by the side of these incredibly vulnerable children, to still make every day the best it can be.