#GivingTuesdayNow is today
05 May 2020
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity in response to Coronavirus. A day where we can all come together to recognise, celebrate and give thanks for the incredible outpouring of compassion we have witnessed during this crisis.
Today, across the world, everyone is being encouraged to show their gratitude for what so many have been doing over the past few weeks and months. It is a chance to say thank you to those who have kept us going through this challenging time, an opportunity to show our appreciation for all NHS workers including medical staff, cleaners, porters, laundry staff and caterers, all food chain staff, delivery drivers, bin collectors, public transport workers, teachers, care workers, milk and post men & women, emergency services, community volunteers, workers making PPE, neighbours, University staff who have been contributing to the massive effort and of course charities!
Charities have been meeting vital needs which haven’t gone away in the face of Coronavirus. With the economic downturn and fundraising events cancelled, charities need help now more than ever. The UK sector is facing a £4 billion loss in income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. If you are able, you could consider a one off or regular monthly donation to your favourite charity via our Payroll Giving Scheme. Every donation, however small, will help support the work of charities doing so much in our communities.
Ways you can make a difference on #GivingTuesdayNow
Share a message of thanks on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow.
Donate a one off or monthly amount to your favourite charity via our Payroll Giving Scheme.
Put a heart in your front window
- Give - to the causes that you love most – no amount is too little they all need our support. You can donate food to a local foodbank, donate PPE to your local healthcare workers, donate via the University's Payroll Giving Scheme.
- Support – share support online of your favourite causes and why they mean so much.
- Thank - the post person, delivery driver, and other essential workers. Write thank you cards, post on social media, and share your appreciation for the people and organisations who are helping your community.
- Volunteer - There are opportunities to register to safely volunteer virtually from your home or simply give your voice to help raise awareness of a favourite charity. Look at ways you can get involved via the Social Responsibility team.
- Kindness - Combat loneliness by reaching out to a neighbour, friend or relative. Buy flowers or groceries for a neighbour, offer to walk a neighbour's pets, call a friend, hang a heart or sign in your window.
Don't forget to use the #GivingTuesdayNow and every act of generosity, however small, counts!