Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is delighted to announce that they are one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on the 1st of December.
The impact of the pandemic has seen an increased awareness of the mental health benefits of immersing oneself in nature. The CRT recognise that this year, due to widespread furlough and austerity, money may be tight for many families, so are asking people to make a pledge to #GiveBackToWildlife.
#GiveBackToWildlife pledge could be as simple has remembering to feed the birds this winter, to making bug hotels or even volunteering at CRT properties. The charity is asking pledge-makers to post on their website page to create a ‘wall of pledges’ that will help wildlife over the winter months.
Hayley Neal, CRT Fundraising Manager says: “We know it’s been a difficult year for many families across the country so we’re encouraging people to look after their local wildlife through a #GiveBackToWildlife pledge.”
Mrs Neal continues, “It’s always a heart-warming feeling when you give a gift to a loved one – imagine the positive feeling knowing your helping the wildlife local to your home.”
Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to #GiveBack2020 either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.
In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused dramatic repercussions around the world. According to CAF research, charities have reported a significant increase in demand for their services while more than half (53%) have suffered a drop in donations. Charities estimate they will see a £10bn funding gap and without help many may be forced to close their doors.
In 2019 #GivingTuesday was the top trending item on UK Twitter and generated more than 487m impressions. In the UK, more than £14.2 million was raised in online donations (via Visa alone), equivalent to almost £10,000 per minute.
Gráinne Mathews, #GivingTuesday UK Lead at the CAF, adds:
“Charities have given us so much this year, from vital food deliveries during lockdown, to developing new ways to deliver services so they could continue to help those in need; all while struggling themselves with cancelled fundraising events and closed charity shops.
"This #GivingTuesday charities need us to be there for them, like they've been there for us. It is time to #GiveBack2020. It's easy, just think of what you have - money, a voice, family, friends, followers, or time - and how that might help."
To become a CRT friend, sponsor a tree, or find out more information, head to www.countrysiderestorationtrust.com.