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Being thankful for any amount of good fortune and helping those in need has never been more important than it is in 2020.

Here at Bressingham we know only too well how important the generosity of the public is from our own Covid-19 funding appeal so we’ve taken a look at just some of the other great organisations who you could help keep going through this difficult time...

Supporting those who support the NHS

It wasn’t until a fundraiser came knocking on my door that I realised that the Air Ambulance isn’t part of the NHS!

Starting in Scotland in 1933 (did they even have helicopters then!?) the Air ambulance service operates 39 Air Ambulances across the UK, funded almost entirely by donations.

Each time they go to help somebody costs on average £2500 which adds up to £60m every year!

If you want to help keep the Air Ambulance in the air visit the Air Ambulance organisation’s donation page.

Keeping Young people hopes alive

The Covid lockdown’s have affected us all - for some young people it’s been a particularly hard experience.

At a time when most parents and adults would expect to be a hopeful, exciting time - going to university, starting new jobs, travelling the world the pandemic has caused a whole generation of young people (Who already faced an uncertain future) to miss out on education, training and job opportunities

The Princes Trust has been working to increase the prospects of Britains young people since 1976 - they report that millions of young people are at risk of being left behind.

Their recent Aspiration Gap research reveals that:

  • 58% of 16 to 25-year-olds are "scared" of being unemployed, while 55% are more worried about being unemployed than they were a year ago

  • 36% of young people believe they will have a "lower quality of life" than their parents, while 46% claim their generation will have fewer opportunities

To help The Princes Trust continue their amazing work raising Young People’s aspirations and achieve their goals visit their donations page.

Feeding the Nation

The Pandemic has put even more pressure on the most vulnerable members of society - this has been reflected in a huge increase in the use of the UK’s food banks who need our support more than ever.

Fareshare, Britain’s longest established food bank charity, reports that it has seen demand for food at it’s outlets skyrocket especially amongst frontline organisations.

One particular Community Interest Company directly tackling this issue is Hospitality For Heroes, a not for profit providing free, healthy meals to NHS staff prepared by leading head chefs using quality produce bought from local suppliers.

Are there any charities we should’ve mentioned?

Do you have any thoughts, comments or views on *the best charities to give to?

Are there any you think we should have mentioned?

If there is get in touch and let us know – you can also do it on Facebook or Twitter.

By Stuart Paterson at 12 Nov 2020, 00:00 AM