WCI Backs The Brokerage Generation 2020 Fund
The fund has been launched in response to the enormous challenges young people at the crucial point in their lives between education and work currently face with the world reeling in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brokerage, which the WCI has supported for over ten years, is uniquely well-placed to step in and help.
Support for Nurses During the Crisis
The WCI Charitable Trust has been considering how it may most effectively respond to the Coronavirus crisis and one of its first grants has gone to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. This is a small charity providing emotional and financial support to nurses and midwives on the front line caring for people during the pandemic.
Supporting vulnerable communities
Made in Hackney is a community cookery school that that has been grant-aided over the last year by the WCI. This has helped it provide impressive support to vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups in Hackney.
It delivered 113 face-to-face cookery and nutrition classes for those vulnerable to ill health and food poverty prior to Covid-19.
During the Covid-19 lockdown it held 43 online cookery classes and set up an emergency meal delivery service in mid-March. Its initial plan was to offer meals for up to three months but this was extended to six months and it is now aiming to continue for another six months to the end of March 2021.
This scheme has seen 42,000 meals delivered by over 600 volunteers donating over 3900 volunteer hours.
WCI members keep on running for charity
Three members of the WCI refused to be deterred by the cancellation of the London Marathon for all but elite runners and braved the wind and rain on Sunday 4 October to complete their own, lonely 26 mile missions.
They were striving to raise as much money as possible for causes close to their hearts and would still be grateful for any further donations.
Ray Johnson (pictured left) was raising money for the Kent Association for the Blind which celebrates its centenary this year. Over two decades he has raised £80,000 for them. Further details of his run and how to donate can be found on his JustGiving page:
Paul May (pictured right) was running his third London Marathon for the St Giles Trust which runs a range of projects to protect young people from the violence and drug related pressures that exist in London and other cities. You can donate to Paul and the St Giles Trust at:
Chris Brooking was supporting the Royal National Life Boat Institution, the chosen charity of last year’s Master, Rosemary Beaver. His father passed away in 2016, and Chris has run the London Marathon since 2017 for the RNLI given his father’s life long association with the sea. You can read more of his story and donate at: