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Charities forced to cancel fund-raising events

Gloucestershire-based charities are facing a big hit as valuable fund-raising events are cancelled or postponed by the coronavirus crisis - but they're calling on their supporters to keep thinking about them.

Charities such as Sue Ryder, Cobalt and GDA, the leading charity for deaf and hard of hearing people in Gloucestershire, face a drop in income as a result of the virus.

A spokesperson for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said: "Like all organisations, we have been reviewing the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on our work. We are closely monitoring the situation and following UK Government advice and have been considering the implications this could have over the coming weeks and months.

"Our priority has to be the safety of our patients and the staff who care for them and, as a result, all activities and events taking place at our hospice are cancelled with immediate effect.

"This includes our own events, and events being organised by our amazing supporter's right across Gloucestershire. We're striving to rearrange as many of these as we can to later in the year, like our Question of Sport charity quiz and dinner at Gloucester Rugby, which Punchline-Gloucester.com were due to be our valued media partners for."

"We want everyone to know how grateful we are for providing such amazing support to our hospice. We rely on your valuable contributions and are as disappointed as you that so many fundraising activities cannot go ahead, at least for now.

"Please consider how you might help us. We need your support now more than ever as our frontline care and support teams do all they can to be there when it matters for some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities.

"If you would like to make a donation in this period of uncertainty to support our services to continue, please visit our donation page. Alternatively you can make a donation over the phone directly by the hospice on 01242 246284."

Meanwhile, GDA is launching an appeal to local residents and businesses not to forget the charity sector as our country is rocked by unprecedented events.

The leading Gloucestershire-based charity for deaf and hard of hearing people is encouraging businesses and residents of Gloucestershire alike to remember those who face challenges on a daily basis, for whom isolation and social distancing may pose an even more significant risk to their emotional wellbeing.

The GDA, like many charities, relies on fee-paying activities to generate income that helps keep the charity running.

A spokesperson said: "With so many day-to-day activities disrupted by the ongoing crisis, charities are being forced to cancel activities in order to protect those who they are tasked to support. Those cancellations, however, will have a very real and significant impact on the financial situation for good causes."

Cheltenham-based Cobalt says it is 'gutted' that a fund-raising Easter Egg trail in Cheltenham has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cobalt were teaming up with cancer charity Maggie's and the Sandford Parks Lido to hold The Great Easter Egg Trail on Saturday, April 11, in Sandford Park, Cheltenham.

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