This has been a tough year for everybody. The pandemic has hit many people hard, both financially and socially. The sheer number of bereavements is almost beyond comprehension. Reported cases of loneliness and social isolation have increased dramatically. As a charity that has been founded to help such people, we have found it hard ourselves.
The work that we do to help people through tough times has been hindered by guidelines and safety concerns. Our priority must always be the safety of the staff and volunteers who help Wyntercon do the great work that we have been conducting for many years now. Without them, we would not be able to help so many.
It has also been harder to help those that we have been able to see. This has been due to us not being able to raise funds. Wyntercon is a charity, like all charities, we rely heavily on the generosity of others. That generosity could be through donations or through participation in fundraising events, such as our local charity nights and our annual Wyntercon showcase. For the safety of everyone, and in line with government guidelines, all our fundraising events have been cancelled. For us, like so many organisations, government funding is just non-existent at the moment.
When the restrictions are eventually lifted, it is anticipated that the funding available to charities will be smaller than previous years. These funds will also be stretched further as many charity projects that have been mothballed over the last 12 months are trying to get back on track. So 2021 is also going to be a very challenging year for us, trying to make up the shortfalls of 2020 while still helping the hundreds of people that rely on us throughout the year.
So we are reaching out for your help. Not for donations, though if you happen to be in a position to help we will be forever grateful. What we need are volunteers and ideas. We need people that have the time to help us run fundraisers as soon as we can hold them in 2021. We need new and exciting ideas for Wyntercon fundraising events.
If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org we will definitely see it and act upon it (comments on social media can easily be missed). We know you are filled with great ideas and we are so looking forward to trying to bring some of them to life.
Our annual Wyntercon event is returning home to the Eastbourne Winter Garden in October 2021. We want it to be a celebration! This event is our primary fundraiser and showcase that has been so missed this year.
Thank you for helping us help others.