Rainbows launches appeal amid soaring costs

Rainbows has launched a fundraising appeal as our running costs soar due to the cost of living crisis.

To give the best care and support we can to our families, we need over £6 million a year to provide our services at the hospice, in hospitals and at home. Getting around only 15% of government funding, we rely almost entirely on donations.

But in the present climate, we are seeing huge hikes in running costs. Because our current special low fixed-rate deal is coming to an end, we expect energy bills alone to rise by over 100% in the next few months at our Loughborough hospice and five shops.

We are also feeling the pinch of the sharp increase in fuel costs, which is an essential factor for staff visiting our families at home using a Rainbows vehicle. And food costs in the hospice kitchen, which provides meals for children, young people and their families, is also on the rise.

Raj Dasani, Individual Giving Manager at Rainbows, said: “We know times are difficult for everyone in the current economic climate, and we are all affected, but we really do rely on donations and all of these increases are pushing our fundraising targets higher.

“We deliver so many vital services to ensure our families going through the worst possible time can make precious memories together and we must continue to provide that care and support. A donation of £10 will help put petrol in a car so a Family Support Worker can visit a family. And a donation of £20 would pay towards our increased gas and electric costs and help keep our hospice warm over the winter.

“At Rainbows, we are not just there for the children and young people, but also their parents, carers, siblings and wider family. By supporting us, you are ensuring we provide continued specialist care for these families, like Orla’s, as well as helping them to create treasured memories.”

To support Rainbows, visit rainbows.co.uk/summerappeal