Rainbows charity appeal almost reaches £100,000

Our fundraising appeal, launched because we face loses of up to £1 million due to the Covid-19 crisis, has almost hit the £100,000 mark.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the appeal has now raised £95,000 and we need that final push to get it to £100,000 and beyond. 

Julie Taylor, Executive Nurse and Director of Clinical Operations at Rainbows, said: “Firstly I would like to thank every single person who has donated to our appeal, individuals, groups and companies. People have been so generous and we have been quite overwhelmed with the support. 

“Every donation really does make a difference, especially in these unprecedented times. Because of these contributions to Rainbows, we can continue to provide services to families who really need us; those going through the most difficult of times. 

“I would also like to extend the thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send us a message of support. We read every single one of them and they brighten our days.”

During the Covid-19 crisis, we have adapted the hospice and trained staff to be able to care for children 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, as well providing an At Home Support Service, enabling Hospice Care Assistants to visit our families in their own homes. We are also continuing to provide emergency stays for families and end of life care.
“We’re so close to reaching that £100,000 mark,” added Julie. “So please, if you haven’t donated yet and you are able to, think of Rainbows and our children and young people.” 

Since the outbreak, shortfalls have occurred because we were 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. Schools, community groups and companies cannot carry out their regular fundraising and income from our Lottery is also down. This year’s Spring Superdraw was cancelled for the first time in its history. 

To help Rainbows, visit rainbows.co.uk/donate