Mustard Tree joins #GivingTuesday 2020, the global day of generosity taking place on 1st December

Mustard Tree is thrilled to announce that we’re one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on the 1st of December.

Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to #GiveBack2020 either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused dramatic repercussions around the world. According to CAF research, charities have reported a significant increase in demand for their services while more than half (53%) have suffered a drop in donations. Charities estimate they will see a £10bn funding gap and without help many may be forced to close their doors.

For over 25 years, the Mustard Tree charity has been supporting and creating opportunities for people and communities in Manchester and Salford. We tackle both the causes and consequences of poverty and aim to prevent homelessness across the region.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, our priority has been to safely remain open to support our people within public health guidelines.

During the first three months of lockdown, we supported 4,648 families. People have visited us for food or had food deliveries over 14,500 times in three months. We have given food, toiletries, clothes to over 1000 people living in extreme poverty. – Jo Walby, Mustard Tree CEO.

Gráinne Mathews, #GivingTuesday UK Lead at the CAF, adds:

“Charities have given us so much this year, from vital food deliveries during lockdown, to developing new ways to deliver services so they could continue to help those in need; all while struggling themselves with cancelled fundraising events and closed charity shops.

“This #GivingTuesday charities need us to be there for them, like they’ve been there for us. It is time to #GiveBack2020. It’s easy, just think of what you have – money, a voice, family, friends, followers, or time – and how that might help.”

To find out more about #GivingTuesday, and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/