Extern is grateful for all donations received throughout 2020 and would like to thank everyone who gave a gift or supported one of our incredible fundraisers!
For example, the funds raised by your donations to our Crisis Appeal have been used to provide both immediate and longer term supports to some of the people most impacted by Coronavirus.
The initial phase of the appeal focused on providing emergency financial and practical support in the form of hardship grants and vouchers for food and fuel for those who were struggling to make ends meet.
It also allowed us to provide basic everyday items needed by our frontline services, such as:
One young man we supported told us how a severe and sharp decline in the condition of his mental health, due to financial hardship, had led to him contemplating taking his own life. Support from Extern enabled him to buy food and enough credit to replenish his gas and electricity. He told us this act of kindness gave him hope, and that it was, quite literally, the difference between life and death for him.
On a longer-term basis, the funds generated by the ongoing crisis appeal are being used to help fund the increased demand on our existing services due to the pandemic, such as our mental health, poverty and homelessness services.