A message from Janet Dunphy, our CEO, as we continue to navigate our ‘new normal’:
‘It really feels like we are in this together, that our community know how much we need their support and how much they need our services, now and in the future.
‘Community support has never been so enthusiastically given. Without our shops we could not survive as an organisation; without our shop volunteers there would be no shops. Without the money we raise, we would have to cut services. These are the facts, and I wanted to say how much that supports matters and how much you matter. Whether you need us, or you are helping us with donations to the shops or to eBay, helping to run the shops for us, or fundraise with us. Services stop when money stops, this we know and it will get tougher too.
‘During our “Here to Help” campaign during lockdown this year, with our community volunteers we supported on average 170 people per week who were isolated, scared, needing advice or practical help. With a steady stream of donations, we can continue this during these hard times. ‘People did root in their attics and cupboards and send us those small special items that we could sell on eBay; that has been massive help when the shops were closed. And the volunteers came back to open our shops, and our customers came back, pleased to see us, pleased to help us and the clinical services have carried on throughout these times, supporting everyone who needs us and getting the care out there.
‘Blythe House and Helen’s Trust together has navigated this tough time to reshape and ensure we will be here in the future, providing modern services, that at some time, we or those we know and love will need.
‘I can hear and see you fighting for our success, the pride you take in being part of your local charity is felt. It is appreciated, and it matters. Every penny you raise matters. Your ambition for your local charities is evident in everything you do, and we are here because of what you do. I just wanted to thank you. It’s always important to talk about the services we provide, but without you and the support you give whether as a retail or fundraising volunteer, in donations of money or goods, there would be no services.’