Vital Falkirk district charities appealing for people to donate

Vital local charities are appealing for people to continue donating during the coronavirus crisis to allow their work to continue.

Strathcarron Hospice and Maggie’s Forth Valley both rely on voluntary donations to operate and admit with many fundraising events being cancelled they are concerned.

Claire Macdonald revealed the hospice has seen a dramatic downturn in income already this month.

The business development fundraiser said: “Our priority remains to provide specialist palliative care for patients in the hospice and in people’s own homes. For the moment the hospice daycare facility is closed due to the risk on patients’ already failing health, however we are continuing to support these people by telephone.”

Tapestry AV are supporting Strathcarron - now the hospice and Maggie's Forth Valley are asking more people to donate

She added: “During the month of February, £204,603 was received through our fundraising department. Unfortunately we are already experiencing a decline in income to just £60,382 during this month, and with many future fundraising events being cancelled this worrying trend is set to continue.

“Your financial support has never been more vital in keeping our services open during this crisis. ​Just £20 can pay for one hour of nursing care at the Hospice. Text ‘Strathcarron £20’ to 70085 to donate £20 today or visit strathcarronhospice.net.

Maggie’s Forth Valley Centre Head Yvonne McIntosh said: “Of course as we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations we are concerned about the impact the current situation will have on fundraising, but for the moment it is most important that we simply focus on being here for those who need us.

“Our centres are open for people to come in and talk about how they are feeling with our cancer support specialists.”

She added that the centre was following the highest level of hygiene to keep everyone safe and no longer holding group support sessions.

However, there was an online community for those who are staying at home.