Urgent Coronavirus Pesach Appeal

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…unfortunately no one could have imagined quite how different this Pesach would turn out to be.

This Pesach we were planning to share with you the story of one of our families, a little boy who has a heart condition.
His family have to face spending this Pesach with him in hospital, an already unbearable situation.

None of us could have imagined, quite how much more frightening the situation would become,  but especially for our families, many of whom are already in the midst of crises with seriously ill children, in very vulnerable situations.  We support families with children with respiratory conditions, cancer and diabetes and other serious illnesses who are now terrified, but Camp Simcha will continue to support our families in any and every way we safely can, finding creative ways to keep making a difference.

For one family with a child going through chemotherapy, that means his mum will now need to stay 24/7 at the hospital as they can’t risk catching the virus outside the hospital. We’ve made sure they have a fridge stocked with kosher food to get them through this awful time with her Family Liaison Officer  checking in daily to help with any ongoing needs

We are working with utmost urgency to explore ways to still bring the magic of Camp Simcha to the families who desperately need us, even if it can’t be face to face.

Things we are doing right now to support our families:

  • Anxious parents need support from our Family Liaison Officers at this time. This is happening on the phone and video to bring relief from worry and to make sure whatever services they need are put in place.
  • Families facing increasing isolation have needed our crisis household support more than ever, we’ve had a 70% increase in requests for meal deliveries.
  • Children need creative activities to help them deal with the stress of isolation that can lead to depression. Art packs have just been sent out to help them through this
  • For families needing to get to vital hospital appointments, the demand for our hospital transport service has increased  as public transport is now impossible for them to use.
  • Our support group for parents of children diabetes is running next week using video conferencing.

The urgency is increased by the current situation which puts non-government funded charities, such as Camp Simcha, in an extremely vulnerable position. As a registered charity, a huge portion of our income comes directly from challenges and fundraising events. Due to current guidelines, all of these events, have been cancelled or postponed leaving a big gap in our funds.

Our families still need us to be there for them, and we urgently need your support to help us do all we can to support them through this crisis.

Thank you for enabling Camp Simcha to give vital support to families this Pesach.

Please donate below.
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