The economic consequences of Covid are becoming apparent. Thousands of job losses are being announced, businesses are collapsing and many employees are holding their breath to see whether the chancellor’s latest package will give them the support they need to survive.
What is also upsetting is the impact on charities.
When lockdown was introduced, Macmillan teams worked round the clock to set up remote working, ensure their support Line and online services were fully operational and to launch critical new services, including a Telephone Buddy service, so that people living with cancer could still talk to them and get help.
Macmillan nurses were also redeployed to provide their trademark care and support on coronavirus wards at NHS hospitals around the country. Now the charity has revealed their voluntary income could be down by as much as £175 million by the end of 2022 and they are having to make more than 300 staff redundant.
Today marks Macmillan’s 30th annual coffee morning – a day that personifies the organisation’s passion and commitment to helping people with cancer. Please, if you can support the charity, I and they would be hugely grateful. Cancer patients and their loved ones can’t speak highly enough of the invaluable work they do – lets try to ensure they can continue to provide this support in the months and years to come.