Because it enters its closing weekend, the Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2020 has to date raised greater than £1,250,000 for 3 charities working to assist younger folks in communities badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
With two full days nonetheless to go,greater than 13,000 readers have donated to the enchantment because it launched in December. The funds raised will likely be shared among the many charities UK Youth, YoungMinds and Child Poverty Action Group.
Readers can nonetheless donate on-line or by telephone, with the donation webpage open till midnight on Sunday 10 January.
The cash raised will profit grassroots youth work initiatives, initiatives to supply emotional assist for younger folks and enhance younger folks’s psychological well being companies, and revolutionary work to scale back little one poverty within the UK.
“It’s completely unimaginable that Guardian and Observer readers have proven such generosity,” mentioned Lizzie Walmsley, the director of engagement at UK Youth. “Younger folks must know that we nonetheless imagine of their future and readers couldn’t have demonstrated that compassion extra clearly. Thanks to everybody who has donated.”
The chief government of Little one Poverty Motion Group, Alison Garnham, mentioned: “It’s really uplifting to see this large wave of assist for kids and younger folks. Your donations are a ray of hope for kids in low-income households and a welcome signal that in powerful instances their wants don’t go unnoticed. Little one poverty will be eradicated. Along with your assist we will likely be working laborious this yr to make that occur.”
Emma Thomas, the chief government of YoungMinds, mentioned: “We can not thank Guardian and Observer readers sufficient for displaying assist for younger folks’s psychological well being at such a tough time. The cash raised will assist us present younger those that they aren’t alone with their psychological well being and we are going to proceed to attempt in the direction of a world the place no younger individual reaches disaster level.”
Introducing the enchantment this month, the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, wrote: “By placing younger folks on the coronary heart of this yr’s Guardian and Observer charity enchantment, we sign our assist for the technology we hope will flourish after Covid. At this time’s younger folks should not turn into a misplaced technology.”