It comes as no surprise that many charities, like Mayhew, have been greatly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From reduced working capacity during lockdown, to uncertainties surrounding funding, it has been a tough time for many.
However, earlier this year, The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust established the Charity Survival Fund, which helps charities affected by the pandemic. The Trust is a charitable fund that supports organisations and initiatives, which provide benefits to society in the UK.
For the first time, The Trust opened up to applications from charities who need extra support to survive and continue their vital services during these uncertain times. The Charity Survival Fund set aside £18 million for charities in need, and after receiving over 2,600 applications, 329 charities were chosen as grant winners.
“The funds are enabling us to move positively into 2021, as we continue to always be there for dogs, cats and communities.”
We were thrilled to learn that our application to be considered for a grant under The Julia and Hans Rausing Charity Survival Fund was successful. With the help of this grant, our Animal Welfare Officers (AWOs) can continue to be just a phone call away from people and animals who need their help this winter and well into the New Year.
Louise Cordery, Mayhew’s Trust and Major Donor Officer, said, “2020 has certainly been a challenging and uncertain year, which is why we were absolutely delighted to receive funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Charity Survival Fund.
We are immensely grateful that The Trust recognised how vital our work is, supporting vulnerable people in our communities with the care of their most beloved companions, promoting physical, social and emotional wellbeing and ensuring the continuation of the all-important human-animal bond.”
Our AWOs provide support for our community every day of the year, and right now, helping to keep owners together with their animals has never been more important. This grant will ensure our AWOs can continue their work supporting vulnerable people and their pets, by delivering care packages with essential cat and dog supplies and providing short-term foster care for animals and owners going through a crisis period. As well as supporting vulnerable communities, this grant will enable our AWOs to continue to combat the feral cat population crisis in London and rescue and rehome animals in need.
This Charity Survival Fund grant from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust will allow us to continue to be there for the humans and pets who need us most, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to The Trust for their support.
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