Sheffield older persons’ charity makes lockdown savings donation appeal

Media information: For immediate release
15th April 2020
With photo & video

A Sheffield charity at the heart of the city’s pandemic help for older people has launched an urgent appeal, asking people to donate cash they might otherwise have spent pre-lockdown.

With haircuts, commutes, pub trips and eating out all on the back burner whilst people stay at home to save lives, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care has asked people to consider donating the money they’ve saved to aid its vital work.

The charity is still delivering its core services, which include helping older people to get back home once they’ve been discharged from hospital and delivering food parcels to those who are isolating. But with demand soaring, the charity says it needs help if it’s able to continue to help people in our communities struggling with the effects of coronavirus. Mark Storey, chief executive at SCCCC, said:

“Being locked down is affecting people in a multitude of ways- including extra financial worries for many. However, if people still have the means to donate, we would be extremely grateful. Even a bit of loose change lost down the back of the sofa or in an old handbag will help us to continue our work to the absolute best of our ability.”

SCCCC has already helped almost 200 older people since measures to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic properly kicked in three weeks ago.

With the government advising the lockdown will go on until at least May, the charity says donations are vital if it is to continue its work. 

Along with cash donations, SCCCC is calling out for other urgent Covid-19 related donations via Amazon. The wish list includes personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep its staff and service users safe, and other simple low cost items like single duvets, pillows and bedding.

To donate via Amazon wish list, visit https://amzn.eu/iMwseeb, or for online cash donations, visit www.scccc.co.uk/donate.

Donations can also be sent directly to SCCCC, Unit 19 President Buildings, Savile Street East, Sheffield, S4 7UQ.

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Notes to editors:

Photo caption: SCCCC is asking people to donate cash they might otherwise have spent pre-lockdown.

SCCCC: SCCCC was set up in October 1966 by church members of all denominations from across Sheffield, but has today expanded to support older people of different faiths and secular groups from across the city.

It thrives on its strong community links and works alongside the council, NHS and all church denominations to achieve its mission of improving the wellbeing of older people in Sheffield.

For media information please contact Melody Mills, Communications Officer, at melody@scccc.co.uk or call 07825 221495.

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