A Little Help for our Friends
29th May 2020
If you know RIFT, then you know how much we love working with our friends and partners in charities around the country. RIFT was started first and foremost to help people, and teaming up with organisations like The Lighthouse Club and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity gives us the opportunity to do so much to support their work, offering a hand up to people suffering with everything from financial turmoil to mental health issues and bereavement. Here’s just a snapshot of some of our charity friends’ latest updates and efforts.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
The Soldiers’ Charity workforce is still pushing hard to support former and serving military personnel and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their fleet of charity vans has been pressed into service to bolster community efforts across the UK, bringing much-needed aid to vulnerable and self-isolating people.
Their East Midlands office has joined forces with The Helpful Bureau and the local Fire Brigade to deliver food to the elderly and infirm. They’ve also volunteered to help Age UK deliver protective equipment to their county supporters, and linked up with the Colbourn Community Group to make sure GP surgeries, care homes and hospitals have the protective clothing they need.
NHS Charities Together
NHS Charities Together has been doing amazing work throughout the crisis. Their COVID-19 Urgent Appeal recently announced that it had raised an incredible £100 million in just 6 weeks. This astonishing milestone was made possible through the generosity of members of the public, businesses and other private donations. £20 million of that total has already been distributed among NHS Charities Together’s member organisations, where it’s being used to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients directly.
To illustrate the real-world value of the work being done, funds from the COVID-19 Urgent Appeal have been used by Milton Keynes Hospital Charity to buy phones to allow their patients invaluable face-to-face contact with loved ones while isolated by the coronavirus. Senior Sister Naomi shared one patient’s experience of using a new phone:
“As soon as her daughter appeared in front of her, her face lit up. She was reenergised, re-motivated and she knew her goal was to get back to her daughter. Her engagement with physios was improved, and each day she was so excited to speak to her daughter in the afternoon.”
The Lighthouse Club
Construction industry charity The Lighthouse Club has been fighting to support the financial, physical and mental wellbeing of workers in the building trade since 1956. Their Construction Workers Family Crisis Appeal has raised a breathtaking £320,031 in only 5 weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve shared a few stories from their case workers, giving some insight into how crucial the appeal is, and how valuable the money raised has been. Here’s just one of them:
“We are currently supporting the family of a gentleman who worked in the construction industry for 20 years. The family were already in debt and the news that he was being laid off due to site closure was just too much to take. He took his own life in the family home. We have supported the family with emergency financial assistance for food and utilities, cleared their rent arrears to prevent homelessness and ensured access to much-needed emotional support. We all had lumps in our throats when we received a photo of the children holding a poster they had drawn to say thank you to us. That thanks belongs to our supporters.”
From regular monthly donations to promoting and participating in fundraising events, RIFT’s work with UK charities is something we’re proud of and honoured to be able to do. Click the links to find out more about our friends at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, NHS Charities together and The Lighthouse Club.