Dozens of MPs back £1m fundraiser to support care workers
April 1, 2020
Sixty Members of Parliament from the cross-party political movement More United and across the House have supported a fundraising initiative which aims to raise £1 million for grants to support care workers who are forced to self-isolate because of COVID-19.
There are around two million carers in the UK, and many of them will be forced out of work and find themselves struggling if they have to self-isolate. The fundraiser has a target of £1 million, and has already raised £100,000 since its launch and aims to provide those workers with financial support if they need it.
The campaign is being co-ordinated by The Care Workers’ Charity which issues grants to care workers in financial difficulty, but the coronavirus pandemic has seen a huge increase in demand, and driven a need for more funds. The MPs have all signed an open letter congratulating the charity and the public who have donated, and several of the MPs have donated themselves.
“Care workers are at the front line of this crisis,” said MP Stephen Hammond.
“We need to make sure that those who spend their lives caring for others get the support they need. The grants that The Care Workers Charity provide are a vital lifeline, but the increased need means they need our support more than ever.”