In these unprecedented times we think it is vitally important not to forget those organisations that will be struggling to cope with the upheaval caused by the coronavirus. The disruption of their services to the most vulnerable in our society, the impact on their fundraising activities, the stress of trying to keep staff employed and all trying to adjust to working remotely, if they can, are only some of the issues they are facing.
In the last few weeks we’ve worked hard to identify where the biggest need might be, especially for small charities and organisations who will be hit hardest. We have donated to our current charity partnerships, Dogs on the Streets (DOTS ) and Maytree Suicide Respite Centre. We also asked our staff if they knew of organisations needing help at this time, and they certainly responded!
So far, and we will continue to identify new charities and organisations as the weeks go on, we have donated money to:-
- Wellchild resilience fund - a legacy charity of ours who assist children with life limiting conditions;
- UK Sepsis Trust who are raising funds to support the service for COVID-19 patients;
- Aanchal’s Limited a charity that aims to relieve the distress caused by domestic violence. With the lockdown some people will be in awful situations;
- St. John Ambulance as they are our neighbours and doing excellent work helping on the front line;
- Beat Eating Disorders who have seen a huge rise in demand for their services;
- Stripey Stork rehoming toys, clothes and other essentials to families suffering hardship;
- Akwaaba a volunteer-run centre for migrants who have an emergency fund to help with hardship grants for food and other essential living costs for their users facing self-isolation;
- The sister of a staff member who crowd funded to raise funds to "Give Hot Food to NHS Workers". Deliveries of hot meals were sent to medical staff once they had finished their shifts;
- Fuel our Frontline who is helping to fund food packages and the like to front line staff including hospital cleaners; and
Finnbar’s Force a charity helping children with brain tumours and trying to ensure treatment continues during these times.
Kingsley Napley staff also very generously donated a large sum of money to Hackney Food Bank, our regular food bank we help out.
We will be donating to the charities that staff previously nominated last year for charity partner:-
- Breaking Barriers - Charity focusing on helping refugees to acquire knowledge, confidence and experience to be able to secure meaningful employment that matches their skills and potential;
- Fair Trials International - International criminal justice watchdog;
- Hands of Hope - The aim is to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy, nutritious food;
- Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants - JCWI is campaigning for a humane and rule of law based asylum and immigration system;
- Mosiak Education - Mosiak design with the refugee community using technology to support refugees accessing university through skills, guidance and finance programmes;
- One Kind Act - The One Kind Act purpose is to support the prevention or relief of poverty, the relief of sickness, the preservation and protection of good health, and the advancement of education, for the public benefit, anywhere in the world;
- Pakeman Primary School No Limits Project, Islington - helping children achieve their potential. Our money would help the children with opportunities in order to raise their expectations of themselves;
- Prisoners' Penfriends - Work with prison officers and prison chaplains to seek out lonely prisoners who need a life-line to the outside world.
- School of Hard Knocks - Aims to engage with children and adults who are disengaged with school or society, and through sport, or other challenges, help them to gain self-confidence and the ability to reengage.
- The Flying Seagull Project - They are a small highly skilled team of professional entertainers who use music, art, dance and clowning, running creative sessions for deprived children, to help build confidence, aid childhood development and strengthen communication.
We have also sourced and will be donating:
- 150 bottles of hand sanitizer; 50 to our Criminal Law dept for those lawyers visiting police stations and court hearings; 50 to HM Courts and Tribunals Service who are running low and 50 to our local hospital.
- 5,000 pairs of nitrile gloves to Southend Hospital as a staff member’s sister is a nurse and said they were running very low.
Kingsley Napley would like to thank all our staff for nominating such worthwhile charities and organisations and we will continue to reach out to those in need and help where we can.