Today we launch an emergency appeal to raise vital funds to get us through the Covid-19 crisis.
Can you help support North Devon families faced with the unimaginable challenge of having a child diagnosed with life-threatening illness?
Our charity founder and trustee, Jacky Massos, is seriously worried that the current crisis will force the charity to close. This will leave vulnerable families at risk.
“With the unprecedented challenges COVID 19 brings, a family supporting and caring for their child is now more vulnerable than ever. It’s especially difficult for those with immune suppressed illnesses like cancers, leukaemia and heart conditions. They need our help more than ever before, but our money will soon run out without your support. Please support our emergency appeal.”
How your money will help
Care for Kids North Devon helps between 15 and 20 local families every year. We give instant grants of £800 on diagnosis of a child’s life-threatening illness. This helps families who are struggling to meet the costs of visiting specialist hospital appointments in Bristol, Exeter or London. We offer extra help to families who are still struggling after six weeks.
To date we have supported over 100 local families by distributing grants to a total of more than £100,000. Over the years our work has expanded and we now make improvements at the children’s ward at NDDH. With your help fundraising, we have provided a new parent’s room, play room refurbishment and 3D pain distraction unit. In 2018 we funded a £16,000 transformation of the cubicle 5 isolation treatment room. Meanwhile, we’re working to refurbish an individual bedroom on the ward, which we hope to complete in 2020.
“Our charity is self-funded and relies on donations, fundraising and sponsorship of events. Right now, all our normal fundraising activities have stopped. But families still need our help. Please help us get through Covid-19 and support our virtual fundraising events. Together we can continue to help care for a child close to you. Donate, share, show you care.”
Donate, share, show you care
You can donate online and share our emergency appeal campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Alternatively, you can also sign up to one of our Virtual Races – donate £3 to walk, run or cycle to receive a certificate.