by Rasheeda Russell

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The non-profit sector has been among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in 2020. The ongoing pandemic has impacted charities’ ability to raise funds, while the economic uncertainty has caused donors to considerably reduce their donations. As a result, many vulnerable people have been unable to receive the support they need during this unprecedented time.

According to a recent WHO report, the pandemic has sparked or amplified mental health issues for many worldwide. It has also been a particularly stressful time for parents/carers and children who are clinically extremely vulnerable who need to take extra measures to protect themselves from exposure to coronavirus.

Over the years, ERP has donated to a range of charities, including Prostate Cancer UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. This year in lieu
of sending Christmas cards, ERP has made donations to charities Mind and Unique on behalf of our members and employees.

Mind
Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.

Mind believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Unique
Unique’s mission is to inform, support and alleviate the isolation of anyone affected by a rare chromosome disorders or autosomal dominant single-gene disorders. Unique collects information to help families affected by rare chromosome disorders and autosomal dominant single-gene disorders – offering practical daily living advice.

They also provide a series of information guides and a support network for families of children with different chromosome disorders.

For more information on these charities, or if you would like to make a donation, follow the links below:
Donate to Mind
Donate to Unique