5 Berkshire charities that need your help

PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 April 2020

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading


One major effect the coronavirus has had on society is its impact on charites; from ability to help the people in the community to raising much needed funds. We speak to a number of local organisations to see what they doing doing in the ever-changing situation.


In a letter from CEO and Co-Founder Fiona Devine, she says: “We are doing all we can to provide our children and families with the specialist care that they need.

We look after some of the most vulnerable people in our community and so their wellbeing, along with the Alexander Devine team, is of the utmost importance.

We continue to take measures in line with Public Health guidance to minimise any risks. This has involved closing our Day Care sessions, including our hydrotherapy pool, and focussing on providing valuable support for our families in their homes.

“The stark reality is that our children’s hospice service is under threat. 96% of what we need to run our service comes from fundraising and donations. With most of our fundraising activities for the coming months cancelled it will be difficult for us to raise the money to fund our service.

We estimate a loss of £400,000 in the next three months. Give what you can.”



Reading’s homelessness prevention charity is calling on the local community to support their tireless work.

Ian Caren, CEO, said: “Many of our clients are battling issues such as poor mental health, debt and addiction and now, due to the coronavirus outbreak, they are isolated, afraid and at risk of serious illness due to underlying health conditions such as COPD, diabetes and hepatitis.

A large number also don’t have access to food or the benefits they need to keep them safe and well.” Launchpad’s ‘here for you’ service is for anyone in need. Call 0118 929 1111.

Visit justgiving.com/campaign/launchpadcovid19 to donate.


Danielle Gregory, a nurse at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, has written to us to tell you about the devastating impact the coronavirus crisis is having on them and how they urgently need our help.

“We are facing a huge challenge in the next few weeks. All of our shops have closed and nearly all of our fundraising activities have stopped, resulting in a massive drop in our income.

For the very first time we are finding ourselves in the position where we might not be able to afford to continue providing end-of-life care.

“We are so proud of the work we do, the expert care we give and the vital support we provide to the NHS, thanks to our generous supporters.

“Today, we find ourselves needed more than ever before. It is devastating to think we might not be able to continue.

I cannot imagine what our patients would do without us. This is why I am asking for your help. If we can raise enough money to help us get through the next few weeks we stand a chance.

Please give whatever you can afford.”

Please donate at sueryder.org/donate


The children’s charity Make-A-Wish® UK has launched a campaign to inspire and involve families who are experiencing isolation for the first time.

With schools closed, events cancelled and many parents and carers working from home, the charity’s 14-day email activity series invites people to subscribe here bit.ly/3bdSH3Sand to share their creations and ideas on social media using #StayHomeStars.

For some of the families that the charity supports, isolation is nothing new because they experienced it – and may still be – after their children were diagnosed with a critical illness.

They, and some of the charity’s influencer supporters, have shared their wisdom on how they dealt with the situation – from creating a pirate ship out of cardboard hospital bowls to playing board games or creating a music playlist.

The campaign also asks those who can, to text the word STARS to the number 70450 to donate £3 to secure future wishes. As venues, events, travel operators and suppliers have temporarily closed, more than 1,000 seriously ill children’s wishes now have an uncertain future.

This is because not only has the coronavirus forced families to stay at home, it has changed the fundraising landscape, as the charity’s chief executive Jason Suckley explained in a blog post here: make-a-wish.org.uk/covid-19-and-make-wish-uk


Local charity Greenham Trust will match any donations made by the public and businesses via its online appeal up to a sum of £100,000!

This will generate a fund of £200,000 to be distributed through local charitable and voluntary organisations that are offering support to vulnerable people.

Donate via the Good Exchange: app.thegoodexchange.com/project/17994/greenham-trust/greenham-trust-coronavirus-emergency-appeal

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