Rather than send Christmas cards we have made donations to Rotherham Hospice and to Crisis – charities which are very dear to our hearts.
There are so many worthwhile charities and this year has seen a huge dent in public fundraising events.
We have had to postpone our annual Cricket Match, Fashion Show and Winter Ball and know that this will have happened to so many charitable events this year.
The wonderful news is that donations to charities seems to be in line with other years so people are getting creative about how to fundraise in the new COVID world.
Key findings from a recent UK study into Charitable donations in light of COVID show that:
– So far in 2020, the overall proportion of people who donated money to charity has remained broadly in line with previous years, despite the Covid-19 crisis.
Between January and June 2020, the public donated a total of £5.4 billion to charity – an increase of £800 million compared to the same period in 2019.
– There was a large increase in the number of people donating or sponsoring to the cause ‘hospitals and hospices’ during the height of the pandemic’s first wave, whilst up to a fifth of people specifically reported donating to charities which support the NHS.
– There was a significant decline in the amount of money donated to ‘medical research’ between January and June 2020. This cause, which often attracts donations via fundraising events, such as the London Marathon and coffee mornings, lost out on up to £174 million during the first half of the year.
– As opportunities to fundraise through face to face interactions have declined, there has been a large and sustained increase in cashless giving since March.
– Trust in charities, which increased during 2019, has increased even further since March 2020. The improvement is seen across different age groups and social grades.
Full report can be downloaded here:
We would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and hope that 2021 is an easier year across the globe.