In times like these, everyone’s support goes a long way…
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to wreak havoc on lives and livelihoods alike, Manchester has shown its unwavering community spirit once again. Hotelier and restaurateur Gary Neville opening his hotels to NHS staff, the Co-Op giving weekly £20 vouchers to 6500 children who normally get free school meals, Man United’s Paul Pogba launching a birthday fundraiser in aid of Unicef…these are just some of the many amazing gestures we’ve seen.
It isn’t just Premier League footballers or major corporations making a difference either: individuals across Manchester are pulling together and showing that, in times like these, everyone’s help goes a long way. For those who can spare a little time or money, we’ve rounded up some ways you can show your support…
Shop local and indie
Order in or buy gift cards
There are so many worthy causes in need of support it can feel overwhelming. But every little really does count: from a couple of quid to a couple of hundred. Many arts organisations have set up relief funds, as have and hospitality charities, while volunteering services - especially those who work with the elderly like Manchester Cares - need your help to adapt. Meanwhile, as food banks are increasingly struggling to feed the vulnerable, well-known cook Jack Monroe has launched a Trussell Trust fundraiser (which hearteningly has already well surpassed its initial target).
It’s not just money you can donate either. As Manc Spirit posted, electric devices can be useful to help older people stay connected, and Open Kitchen Manchester is seeking food for its charitable catering service. Have a parking space or driveway near a healthcare facility? You can even donate that to NHA staff and patients.
The @MayorofGM yesterday launched two new websites to help connect volunteers with people who need support during the #coronovirus outbreak👉https://t.co/sGaLTFAFHS
And for resources and guidance for businesses 👉https://t.co/tv8fcDvqXm pic.twitter.com/wj9BuvnanW
— GMHSC Partnership (@GM_HSC) March 19, 2020
Coming up next week…family home entertainment for everyone, including some that supports local businesses to boot