The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) has surpassed its £1 million fundraising target to support care workers in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
In just six weeks, thousands of individuals and businesses have donated to the Coronavirus Emergency Fund, set up to support care workers who are shielding, self-isolating, or unable to work due to contracting coronavirus.
Karolina Gerlich, executive director of the CWC, said: “To think only a couple of weeks ago demand for our emergency grants were surpassing our donations. I cannot put into words how happy we are to have reached this target.
“This would not have happened without the selflessness and kindness of those who donated. Without their donations many care workers would be facing a very difficult time.”
Karolina issued a special message of thanks to care providers and organisations that donated significant sums to the fund, including Julia and Hans Rausing, HC-One and Borough Care.
“Their donations alone helped us to approve thousands of emergency grants,” she said.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust donated £250,000 to the fund last week, providing 500 emergency grants of £500 each to care workers facing financial hardship.
Overwhelmed by the sheer demand for grants, the charity has now raised its target to £2 million.
Grants are administered by the CWC and full details of the eligibility criteria can be found here.