Our social impact goes beyond these achievements as demonstrated in three detailed case studies within the report. Each case study describes the personal difference Covid Aid has made for individuals during this challenging time.
One community member, Gillian, said: “Finding Covid Aid has been a huge relief and has allowed me to channel my grief in a different way.” Another community member, Elaine, said: “I am so glad I found this charity. It has stopped me from feeling like I am mad or just a weak person… I came here to meet others in my situation as well as to try and get some answers.”
A year of success – but funding urgently needed to keep Covid Aid going and provide vital support to thousands in the UK
Though we celebrate our successes over the last 365 days as a new UK charity dedicated to supporting people affected by Covid-19, fresh challenges present themselves in the year ahead with the cost-of-living crisis and Ukraine war having a notable effect on national fundraising. This makes the launch of our Annual Appeal for donations more pressing than ever to secure our future service offerings.
Covid Aid Founder and Chief Executive, Michael MacLennan said: “With under £31,000 – less than an average UK full-time salary – we have set up the charity and supported more than 100,000 people whose lives have been changed by Covid-19. Although the government is saying we now need to live with Covid-19, there is a real lack of support for people and their families, and we are seeing demand for our services grow month on month.
“We are a charity that relies entirely on the kindness and generosity of public donations. So it is vital we secure more funding to build on this success and ensure that people across the country can easily find and access the support they need to deal with the traumatic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is especially true when the number of people with Long Covid in the UK increased to 1.8 million people in June (according to the ONS), with hundreds of families losing loved ones to Covid-19 every week.”
Covid Aid is run by a part-time team of five people, supported by more than 60 volunteers, many of whom have been affected by Covid-19 or Long Covid, who bring a wealth of specialist skills and real-life experience to the team.
Covid Aid Head of Operations, Katie Boyd, said: “We are particularly proud of our army of volunteers, fundraisers, and community members who have built and shaped Covid Aid into a charity which has supported hundreds of thousands of people at a time when they needed it most. Through our Annual Appeal we hope to be able to reach thousands more over the course of the next year, changing lives for the better.”