WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!
Due to the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are facing the very real reality that Rett UK may no longer exist without urgent funding.
Over the last 35 years, we have become a lifeline to over 1200 families and the demand for their service is forever increasing. Since the start of the crisis, our support helpline alone has seen an 80% increase in support contact. In response, they extended our helpline hours to 7 days a week from 9am-10pm.
We are reliant on your donations and the support and generosity of the community to keep our services running, with 60% of our income generated through community fundraising. The severity of financial losses due to cancellations of events and fundraising plans is already making an undeniable impact
In part of our drive to save some money, we have sadly had to give notice to Viviane Vayssieres, Head of Fundraising. Viviane has done a fantastic job particularly with organising two big events we had planned this year – The Spring Craft & Vintage Fayre and In Conversation with Dame Evelyn Glennie. It is very much our intention to pick this up again as soon as we can and Viviane will return. We have also had to ‘furlough’ two members of staff for the time being – Rob Adamek, Deputy CEO and Donna Tinch, Office Manager. We have managed to get a 50% rent reduction for three months from our landlord and we are extremely grateful to other members of staff who have taken a voluntary reduction in pay during this time too. We have an amazing team here at Rett UK!
This is by far one of the most challenging times that many of us have had to face. We are doing everything in our power to pursue what little funds are out there, but right now we are predicting a shortfall of more than £50,000 in the next six months, putting the future of Rett UK in the balance.
The stark reality is, if we don’t receive financial support in the coming weeks, we could face having to stop providing support, information and resources and with the pressures facing the NHS, our services for those most vulnerable in our community are needed now more than ever.
Becky Jenner, the Trustees and the Rett UK Team
Here are our other direct donation details:
Bank Account: Metro Bank,10-20 Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AJ
Account name Rett UK, Account No: 32450725 Sort Code: 23-05-80
Reference: Please quote your name/company
PayPal payments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Fundraising: 07929355541 – To discuss future local funding opportunities.