Letter to The Daily Telegraph.

Letter to The Daily Telegraph.

20th March 2020

Dear Sir,

As former Labour Minister for the third sector and a former senior Conservative Cabinet Minister we are standing with thousands of small charities to ask government to save the small charitable sector from collapse.

This urgent request is supported by hundreds of small charitable organisations who work across the UK and in our poorest areas. These charities face almost certain collapse through restrictions placed on movement and the impact of these on vital fundraising efforts. The small charitable sector supports millions of our poorest communities. Many small charities have few if any reserves and without the ability to hold fundraising events will be close to collapse in a matter of weeks.

83 per cent of UK charities have an income of £100,000 or less. Analysis conducted by the Centre for Social Justice suggests a quarter of all charities with incomes below £1million have no reserves at all. It is these charities that work night and day with our most vulnerable individuals.

We understand the need for government to take action to combat the threat of Covid-19. There has been immediate action from the HM Treasury to support businesses and we are asking the Government to do the same for the small charitable sector by announcing a £400-500million hardship fund to ensure charities such as ours have a future beyond this crisis.

MPs from all sides of the House of Commons are supporting our plea for help and we are asking the Government to step in straight away.


Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP (Con, Chingford and Woodford Green)

Kevin Brennan MP (Lab, Cardiff West)

Rita Chadha, CEO, Small Charities Coalition

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Karen Davies Chief Executive Purple Shoots
Jaine Stannard CEO School-Home Support
Rosa Monckton CEO Team Dominica
Steve Free CEO and Co-Founder Tempus Novo
Richard Beard CEO The Jericho Foundation
Hannah Shead CEO Trevi House
Ricky Wright CEO Vineyard Compassion, NI
Fiona Dunwoodie Co-Founder 1NE
Nathan Roberts Chief Exec A Band of Brothers
Lindsay Richardson Director Abbey Community Centre
Jo Moore CEO Accommodation Concern
Vicky Browning Chief Executive ACEVO
Julian Prior Chief Executive Officer Action Foundation
Susannah Hardyman Chief Executive Officer Action Tutoring
Dr Siva Puthrasingam Chair Age Concern, Luton
Karen Perry Chief Executive Officer Age UK (Bedfordshire)
Angela Such CEO Alternatives Watford Pregnancy Crisis & Support
Richard Johnson CEO ANA WORKS
Joy Doal CEO Anawin Woman’s Centre
Yvonne Bradbury Manager Andover Crisis And Support Centre
Dorothy Hoskins Charity Administrator Apollo Music Projects
Heather Picov CEO Apps for Good
Sue Williams Head of Services Aspired Futures
Helen Snowden Fundraising Director Azalea
Sohan Sahota Managing Director BAC-IN
Yvonne Hope CEO Barnabus, Manchester
Lynn Tupling Chief Executive Bassetlaw Action Centre
Charlotte Day Chief Executive Bedford Woman’s Centre
Michele Flynn Operations Manager Bedford Open Door
Kent Martin Director Betel
Amanda Croome CEO Booth Centre
Anand Shukla Chief Executive Brightside
David Sweetnam Chief Executive Officer Broadway Lodge
Sarah Dagley Business Manager Broxtowe Women’s Project
Sylvia Simpson Chief Executive Officer Burmantofts Community Projects
Lisa Dando Director BWC
Amanda Dubarry Chief Executive Caritas Anchor House
Tricia Richards CEO Castlehaven
Mark Freeman Interim Chief Executive CCVS, Cambridge
Kate Belinis DL Chief Executive Officer CDA, Herts
Marianne Clough National PR Manager Christians Against Poverty
Justin Thacker National Coordinator Church Action for Tax Justice
Turly Humpreys CEO Circle Community
Verena Hefti Chair of Trustees Citizens Advice Lewisham
June Chapman CEO Citizens Advice St Albans District
Samantha Graham Chief Operating Officer Clean Sheet
Andrew McCracken CEO Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Heather Keates CEO Community Money Advice
Loraine Griffin Manager COSTA Rural Support Network
Nicole Furre Director Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust
Josh Babarinde Founder & CEO Cracked IT
Jason Worthy CEO Dallaglio Rugby Works
Katie Bareham Director Doorstep Library
Anton Babey Operations Director Drive Forward Foundation
Jan Appleton Director Eagles Nest Project
Deborah Finn Chair of Directors Eggcup
Liz Gardiner Director Fablevision
Wendie Harvey Chief Executive FACES Bedford
Marie Davis CEO Falcon Support Services
Laura Hambleton Development Manager Family Matters York
Caroline Jackson Director FareShare Food Group
Cas Beckett Service Manager First Step, Leicester
Julie Clay Director of Food Foodetc
Tony Wright CEO Forward Assist
Jayne Ballard Chief Executive Officer Fun and Families Ltd
Sandra Conte CEO Future Living Hertford
Jackie Kemp Trustee Fylde Coast Church Alive
Flavia Docherty Director Getaway Girls, Leeds
Stewart McKay Manager Glasgow East Alcohol Awareness Project
Vicki Woodley Founder Member Green Pastures
Dominic Pinkley Chief Executive Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre
Pat McGeever Chief Executive Health for All Leeds
Emma Pawsey CEO Hebron Trust
Debbie Knowles Chief Executive Hetty’s Charity, Nottinghamshire
Paul Crozier Director Holborn Community Association
Sam O’Connor Manager Home-Start, Shepway
James Sloan Chief Executive Imagine If Trust – Liverpool
Joanne O’Connor Director Junction 42
Christian Guy CEO Justice & Care
Cara Cinnamon CEO Khulisa
Dr Eli Gardner CPsychol Executive Director Kids Matter
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Alison Mawby Project Development Mgr. KPC Youth & Community
Sue Langley Chief Executive Lamp
Matt Shepheard Director Likewise
Alison Goddard Chief Executive Lincolnshire Action Trust
Paul Boucher Director Lincolnshire Traveller Initiative
Jude Williams CEO Literacy Pirates
Chrissy Kinsella Chief Executive London Music Fund
Mike Biddulph CEO London Reclaimed
Rachael Box CEO & Founder London Village Network
Caroline Cook Chief Executive Luton All Women’s Centre
Amanda Heath Centre Manager MADMAC
Marion Pike Director Maiden Lane Community Centre
Mark Molden Chief Executive Marriage Care
Ruth Keily Executive Director Mentoring Plus (Bath & NE Somerset)
Ruth Allonby CEO Mount Carmel Rehab
Jo Walby CEO Mustard Tree
Jane Ide Chief Executive NAVCA
Della Kagure Brown CEO New-Futures
Molly Mathieson Founder & Chief Executive New Note Projects
Nikki Burley Chief Executive Officer Newark Emmaus Trust
Robin Burgess Chief Executive Northampton Hope Centre & Enterprises
Stella Kent Centre Manager Northside Community Centre Ltd
Donna Meredith-Wood Business Development Mgr. O’Connor Gateway Trust
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Anna Smith Chief Executive Officer One25
Matt Steinberg CEO Outside Edge Theatre Company
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Sarah Conboy Chief Executive Officer Pinpoint
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Hollie Venn Service Manager Quetzal
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Rick Brooks CEO Recycling Unlimited
Catherine Gladwell Chief Executive Refugee Support Network
Ewan Malcolm Chief Executive Relate London, North West & Hertfordshire
Joe Heeney Founder & CEO Resolve
Michelle Rutter CEO Riverbank Trust
Kate Clifford Director Rural Community Network
Tracy White CEO Save the Family
Helen Spencer Director SETPOINT Hertfordshire
Angela Cairns CEO Shannon Trust
Mandy Carr Chair of Trustees SNAP Charity
Bridie Ashrowan Chief Executive SPACE
Graham Cobb Director St Pancras Community Association
Penny Parker Founder StandOut
Nicola Panton CEO Stepping Stones
Gus Alston CEO Stonegrove Community Trust
Claire Lambon CEO Stop Domestic Abuse
Hilary Pannack CEO Straight Talking Peer Education
Kerrie Eastman CEO Streets2Homes
Pip Hockton Director Street Talk
Andrew Trewern Service Delivery Manager Supporting Carers and Families Together
Colin Brown Secretary and Treasurer Fleetwood Food Bank
Alice Dawnay Founder & CEO Switchback
Phil Hills Chief Executive Teen Challenge UK
Jimmy Zachariah CEO The Baca Charity
Lily Lewis Director of Social Cohesion The Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust
Jon Smith Bridge Manager The Bridge
Peter Davey Chief Officer The Bridge – East Midlands
Jackie Hewitt-Main OBE Founder & CEO The Cascade Foundation
Ann Woods Chief Officer The County Voluntary Council, Flintshire
Dettie Wallington Chief Exec The Exaireo Trust
Cath Morrison Chief Executive The Lilias Graham Trust
Adrienne Arthurs CEO The Living Room
Alan Sherry OBE Chair The Marie Trust
Victoria Armstrong Founder & CEO The Oasis Centre, Gorton
Sarah Crick Chief Executive The Red Hen Project
Kate Darrah Managing Director The Ridge SCIO
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Joe Taylor CEO The Wave Project
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Rev Andrew Machin Charman WAVES Seaford Ltd
Natasha Finlayson CEO Working Chance
Stella Connell Chief Executive Officer WL Crisis Centre
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