In May our branch agreed to make a £400 donation to each of the following charities and appeals:
These charities and appeals have provided direct support for people affected by the pandemic, and continue to do so. Our donation to the Sheffield Hallam Coronavirus Appeal went directly to supporting our students with food vouchers, equipment and other urgent needs to allow them to continue their study. The S2 Foodbank provides food parcels for households in need in the South Sheffield area, and has been active during the pandemic delivering food to households who have lost their income or access to other services. Care4Calais (https://care4calais.org/) has continued to provide food and support to refugees in Calais throughout the crisis, even as NGO’s and the French state removed their support and funding.
We have received thanks and updates from all of the charities and appeals. The Sheffield Hallam appeal has distributed over £700,000 since the beginning of the crisis, and the fund has remained open over the summer to support students continuing to study. The S2 Foodbank continues to experience high demand and expects even greater demand in the coming months, as the Covid-19 crisis continues and Universal Credit is rolled out in the local area. Care4Calais volunteers are providing urgent support for refugees affected by a large-scale eviction by French authorities in July, which saw tents and belongings destroyed and many refugees deported to Marseille and Spain.