You can donate to these charities to help during the coronavirus outbreak

In times of global crisis, it’s easy to feel helpless, something a lot of us are feeling right now amid the growing panic of the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s important to remember that we’re not alone – we’re all in this together and even the smallest acts of kindness can help. Take note from Becky Wass for example, who inspired hundreds of people to put postcards through their neighbours’ doors offering help in this time of crisis and isolation.

Charities to donate to coronavirus
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If you’re looking for a way to help others, donating to specific charities could be the answer you’re looking for.

Beauty Banks was set up by beauty journalist Sali Hughes and Jo Jones to provide essential toiletries to those in need. They’ve just launched an emergency GoFundMe appeal to encourage those who can to donate money so they can provide emergency hygiene parcels (which will include products such as hand sanitiser, laundry detergent and soap) to the most vulnerable people in society, a number which is sharply rising due to the current ongoing pandemic.

Beauty Banks

Bloody Good Period

Bloody Good Period is a charity that provides period products to asylum seekers. As their website so rightly puts it: ‘periods don’t stop in a pandemic.’ While many of us can afford to bulk-buy essentials such as tampons and pads, asylum seekers in the UK live off of £37.75 a week, not nearly enough to afford buying sanitary products, let alone stockpiling them in case of self-isolation. There are multiple ways you can donate to help BGP continue their good work in this time of crisis, you can check them out here.

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust support a network of 1,200 food bank centres across the UK. They could soon be faced with an increase in demand for their services due to the outbreak, which will be impacted by a decrease in food donations due to a shortage of volunteers. One food bank in Brent has already announced they will have to reduce the amount of food and supplies they can give to each person by a third so they can prevent running out. You can donate to the emergency appeal for the Sufra – NW London food bank in Brent here, or donate to the Trussell Trust here.

Age UK

Age UK is the leading charity for supporting elderly people in the UK. The COVID-19 outbreak will largely affect the over-70 population, and Age UK has issued a statement reading: ‘We will organise donations into essential packages to be delivered to older people as required… [and] will also be operating a shopping service for household essentials and a prescription collection service for these older people who have no current support.’ To make sure Age UK can continue their vital work, consider donating to them here.

With the government advising people to begin self-isolating and social-distancing, and many people now working from home, feelings of loneliness are predicted to surge across the UK. People who already suffer with mental health issues will particularly suffer, but even those who would normally consider themselves mentally well may struggle with their new confined living and working situation. Charities like Mind provide a wealth of resources for those struggling, and it’s predicted their services will be in even higher demand now. Donate to Mind to ensure they can continue to provide their essential services to everyone in need.