7 UK charities to donate to during lockdown

With everything that is going on and an abundance of time on my hands, there is time to think. A common point of reflection is that there is always somebody out there who has it worse than you do. This may not be the case for all those reading, but it will be for most. Remember that charity shops are closed along with your beloved discount retailer¹. This is costing them a vital source of income. Unlike your beloved discount clothes retailer, the charities are not in it to make profit so every  £1 earned is a £1 put towards helping others.

Even currently living on 80% of my salary (capped) and facing the threat of redundancy, when I see an advert for elderly cancer treatment or the requirement to train guide dogs – it is a wake-up call. I am fit, I am healthy and young/aware enough to know that Coronavirus will leave a temporary impact on my life and career. Other people may be missing out on vital treatment / research / perishable goods that leave a lasting impact on their lives’.

Most of the minimum donations for charities listed below are £2-£5. If you can find generosity to donate more, that is fantastic. Everybody has different financial situations but I for one will admit that whilst my income has reduced, my spending has also reduced… vastly. I am still saving and investing in line with my own goals.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Here are 7 charities that are accepting donations to help keep those in need well and healthy during our new ‘normal’.

Women’s aid

As people have been ‘locked’ in with their family for 2 months now, this is the biggest danger for receivers of domestic abuse. As they are literally locked in with those that cause so much pain and anger. Women’s aid is a leading charity in helping domestic abuse survivors.

Their core mission:

  1. We work to ensure women are believed, know abuse is not their fault and that their experiences have been understood.
  2. With our supporters, we call on the government to tackle the causes and consequences of domestic abuse.
  3. As a federation of over 180 organisations, we provide almost 300 local lifesaving services to women and children.

Women’s aid home page

Guide dogs

Being locked in has, for some, made us more aware of what we enjoy. More accurately it has profiled how we enjoy things, whether it be the smell of our home cooking or the sight of our local woods. Not everyone is so lucky and those without site are in the incredibly capable hands of their guide dogs. With lockdown reducing donations (through charity shops) and the ability to train and procure equipment, now, as ever, they would appreciate donations to help them get through this difficult period.

Guide dogs home page

Shelter

Most of the country are realising that they need to get a move on with the home improvements in their home. Not everybody has one to return to though. Homelessness is one of the most inexcusable facets of the western world. Donate to Shelter to help them are their mission to put a roof over the heads’ of those in need.

Shelter home page

Mind

Not so long ago, Mental Health was not considered a disease. Not too long ago you wouldn’t be able to name any ‘celebrities’ that had openly talked about their mental health. With Mental Health Week just gone, we are truly in the education period of Mental Health Treatment. Mental Health problems can and do kill. Mind have some fantastic resources on how to deal with this or help others. If monetary donations are not possible in your circumstances, picking up the phone to someone you think may be suffering is a fantastic alternative.

Mind home page

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

Save the children

In light of the world being in lockdown, there is a fear that those who work in the field of mass vaccinations will not be able to make the required visits to the young and needy who require a vaccination. Given that great scientific muscle is currently working on the the Covid-19 vaccine, let us not forget the scientific advancements of yonder year and the ability to vaccine against a known killer today, no ifs and no buts. Save the Children have calculated that preventable child deaths reduced went from 12.7million to 5.4million in the period 1990-2017. Donations will help them get this down closer to zero. Preventable deaths should not happen.

Save the children home page

Dogs trust

I was very pleased to read recently that some dog charities have seen an unprecedented demand for new adoptions. As more people are at home all the time, they finally commit to getting a family dog. The flip side of this is that there will be some families who, unfortunately, are unhelpful, stressed, financially burdened etc. that are unable to maintain the love and attention that their dogs deserve. Once everything has returned to a more mobile society, it is likely there will be a few dogs being taken to homes for need of a better life. A donation to the Dogs trust can help staff or supply the home with the resources it may need to respond to this.

Dogs trust homepage

The Trussel Trust

The Trussel Trust run a large network of food banks in the UK. Their mission is simple; stop UK hunger. In these strange and worrying times that we live in, you may be panic buying £200 worth of food at your local supermarket. There are other people in your country who do not have the money for dinner tonight. The Trussel Trust supply an emergency package of 3 days’ worth of food for those in need. If your local supermarket does not take perishable donations, donate online to help them stock up.

Brucy bonus. If you are buying more food than normal please do a rough calculation for how much you need. If you are constantly throwing away food, you are part of the problem. Please buy what you need, as this:

  • Allows others to buy that last breadloaf to feed their family
  • Tells the multi-Bn £ supermarkets that they aren’t selling as much beef as they thought and they shouldn’t increase prices
  • Will reduce your food bill and potentially leave room to donate those extra items you would of thrown away

Trussel trust homepage

Thank you for reading

I may never know if this article convinces a single person to invest (let me know if it does!). I will say one more thing, though – if you have every analysed a month of your spending. It is worth wondering whether there is a £10,£20,£40 purchase that added no additional value to your life. Those same copper coins could buy equipment or food for someone or something that does add a lot of value.

Leave a comment and let me know if you run a charity and / or know of some charities that are struggling through this period. I would love to write another post listing some more charities that could be helped.

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