As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak continues to develop, urgent appeals for funds and donations have begun to crop up on our social media newsfeeds and in our inbox from local organisations working on the frontline to support some of the city's most vulnerable.
As an infrastructure organisation for Nottingham city's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector we want to help support as many local VCSE organisations as possible to raise the profile of their appeals, by helping to spread the word.
Below, we have put together a list of all the appeals we have currently been made aware of locally. If you would like help with promoting your appeal, please contact our Communications and Engagement Officer Natalie Webb, email email@example.com
The situation is changing rapidly, and this page is regularly updated as we receive new information from local organisations. As new information is added, we also update the publication date of this article (see bottom of page).
- Emmanuel House
Has launched an urgent coronavirus fundraising appeal so they can continue to support Nottingham's homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults. The charity is preparing for a sharp rise in demand for its support services during the pandemic but has seen a decline in income due to the cancellation of fundraising events and a significant loss of regular corporate donors. Your support will help fund vital services for its beneficiaries. To donate, click here.
- Footprints Conductive Education Centre
After closing their doors following government advice, the charity in Sneinton is concerned for its future and has set up an urgent appeal for donations so that it can continue to be there for the children it supports once the crisis is over. To donate, click here.
- Framework Housing Association
Is urgently in need of donations of non-perishable items, fruit juice and squash, baby products, toiletries, cleaning items, towels and bedsheets. Donations can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 3pm at The Training Centre, Unit 2, Lilington Road South, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8HJ. The organisation is also appealing to businesses in the food supply chain for perishable food items including meat, fruit and vegetables, and for stocks of new and unused takeaway food containers and carrier bags. These can also be dropped off at The Training Centre. To contact Framework regarding food donations, call 0115 970 9536, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Urgent cash donations are also required to safeguard service users and staff and to bring supplies to people in need, To donate, click here.
- Harmless and The Tomorrow Project
The dedicated team is working round the clock but are struggling with remote working arrangements. They are asking for donations of old working phones, laptops or iPads, as well as morale boosting supplies such as coffee and biscuits. They are also in need of basics such as paper towels and cleaning products. The organisation has set up an Amazon wish list of supplies here. They have also launched a Local Giving campaign to raise funds for urgent equipment, e.g. phones, to keep people in receipt of support. To donate, click here.
The Tomorrow Project urgently needs building materials, for a stud wall, to help them increase the space they have available to see and support people at risk or bereaved by suicide. The coronavirus crisis means that demand has gone up but they are running out of space to provide this type of support. Call Harmless on 0115 880 0280.
Stock levels for the organisation's Community Food Bank are running critically low and an emergency appeal has been launched so they can continue to provide food parcels to Nottingham's most vulnerable. To donate to the appeal, click here.
- Hindu Temple of Nottingham (in conjunction with Sewa Day)
Are supporting over 90 students per week with fresh meals and grocery parcels. They urgently need more tinned and precooked foods, and essentials such as body wash, soap and toothpaste. Treats such as chocolates and biscuits are also appreciated. Please drop off any donations to the Hindu Temple, 215 Carlton Road, Nottingham NG2 3FX between 10am and midday during weekdays. If unable to drop off items, call Rajesh Sharma on 07841 726822 or Hetvi Parekh on 07581 422396 to arrange collection.
- Muslim Hands UK
Has launched a coronavirus emergency appeal and will pledge £800,000 in its first phase response to the coronavirus pandemic. Funds will be used in the UK and abroad. For more information and to donate, click here.
- Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF)
As NNRF is now delivering its services remotely, an emergency fundraising appeal has been launched to support those who rely on NNRF for a hot meal, vital funds and social contact. The organisation is preparing food parcels and money drop offs to support their destitute clients. To help, you can set up a direct debit here or provide a one-off donation here.
- Nottingham Arimathea Trust
Donations of soap, liquid hand wash, face/small towels, antibacterial wipes and sprays urgently required to support destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Nottingham city. If you can help, please email Kinsi@nottinghamarimathea.org.uk.
- Nottingham Hospitals Charity
An emergency fundraising appeal has been launched to help the NHS heroes working at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. The appeal is asking for donations of £10 - £50 to support the wellbeing of frontline staff. The money will be used to provide care packages and important wellness support to NHS staff, as well as providing extra equipment (as the need is identified and requested). To donate, click here.
- Nottinghamshire Hospice
Is still providing crucial end-of-life care in patients’ homes across Nottinghamshire, allowing people with a terminal illness to stay at home and keeping hospital beds free for Covid-19 patients. The charity is expecting a loss of income of £150,000 over three months due to its shops being closed and fundraising events cancelled. It has launched its 'Forget us Not' appeal to make up for lost income. To donate, click here.
- Nottinghamshire YMCA
Is appealing for donations through their JustGiving page, and also encouraging people to buy items from their Amazon Wishlist to support at-risk young residents during the pandemic with food, essential provisions and white goods. See full information about both donation options here.
- Refugee Roots
Has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. Due to the current situation the charity is now facing a financial crisis. Funding they were expecting to receive has been postponed and there is a lot of uncertainty around future available funding for their support groups and ongoing activities. They are looking to raise £3,000 to help them continue to run their core services and support groups at this time. To read more about the appeal and how you can help to fundraise, click here. To go directly to the donation page, click here.
Support the Emergency Bike Bank to help essential workers in Nottingham keep moving. RideWise has set up a JustGiving page to raise funds to provide free bikes for essential workers. A bike would be a lifeline for many people - like staff at the QMC who work shifts and are impacted by the timetable reductions. To donate through the JustGiving page, click here. People can email RideWise at email@example.com and they will match people with a suitable reconditioned and serviced bike to keep them moving (while their stocks last).
- St Ann's and Sneinton Food Store
An urgent appeal for donations of food and toiletries has been made, so that they can continue to provide food packages to the local community, vulnerable people and staff at Nottingham City Hospital. In particular, the organisation needs supplies of tinned fruit, tinned fish and sugar. The food store (at The Chase Neighbourhood Centre, NG3 4EZ), is open Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. You can also call 07979 159 095. Regular updates on food in short supply will be provided on their Facebook page (@StAnnsSneintonFoodStore).
- Stonebridge City Farm
Their usual vegetable supplies have dried up during the current crisis and their animals are in need of donations of vegetables to keep them fed (no potatoes or onions / no rotten veg please). These can be left at the front of the farm (Stonebridge Road, Nottingham NG3 2FR) to be collected by those working on-site.
Other urgent appeals for equipment
- D2N2 PPE4NHS Campaign
This appeal comes from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) rather than a local charity, but it is one that will benefit us all - to provide extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health and social care workers on the frontline. D2N2 is throwing its support behind the PPE4NHS campaign and is asking businesses across the region to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the fight against Coronavirus. If your business can help, or you know who can, find out more here.