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Coronavirus: Charity supporting Havering’s disabled population calls for donations after funding shortfall

PUBLISHED: 07:08 01 July 2020 | UPDATED: 07:08 01 July 2020

Cheryl Cable, project lead for Havering Association for People with Disabilities. Picture: Havering Association for People with Disabilities

Cheryl Cable, project lead for Havering Association for People with Disabilities. Picture: Havering Association for People with Disabilities

Havering Association for People with Disabilities

A charity that supports people with disabilities is appealing for donations as it is faces a “considerable” funding shortfall.

The Havering Association for People with Disabilities (HAD) said it wants to hear from anyone with fundraising plans to support it.

A spokesperson said it had been hoping to generate around £6,000 from a charity cricket match it had been planning before the coronavirus crisis.

They added that, despite funding from Havering Council towards a peer support and social inclusion project, there is “a considerable shortfall to deliver all the support and services our clients want and need”.

The charity, in Woodhall Crescent, Hornchurch, provides services and activities for people with physical disabilities to improve their quality of life and promote independence.

It has closed its building to visitors during the pandemic but has still been offering support, with staff and volunteers helping more than 650 service users with shopping, collecting prescriptions and delivering books.

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The charity’s project lead Cheryl Cable said: “Sadly we are unable to carry out any fundraising activities at the moment, but these times have reminded us that our clients are the heart of what we do.

“Whatever it has taken, the staff have done their upmost to help each and every day and we will continue to do so.”

A phone buddies project has been created to enable people to contact each other for a chat while other activities on offer have included virtual bingo and quizzes.

Cheryl added: “Our volunteers and clients have been an inspiration to us with their determination to stay connected and not let coronavirus stop them.

“They reach out to the staff team to check on our well-being and never stop coming up with ideas and positivity to get through these times.

“It’s been a tough few months for all involved but there have still been moments of joy - from being sent a beautiful picture of a client enjoying a puzzle we sent him, thank you cards, hearing how successful our phone buddies project is running and screen shots of clients chatting, and just being able to connect with the borough’s most vulnerable residents.”

To donate, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ or to enquire about any services call 01708 476554.


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