Coronavirus update and background
COVID-19 is proving to be a huge challenge for us all, and initially we decided to carry on making Fletcher's Fund grants and to switch to BACS payment facilities to ensure that all the families involved were protected.
This, we thought at the time, was the best course of action.
We were inundated with requests, which was fantastic and we are so pleased to have been able to help. However, upon a more recent review of the situation and the many unknowns, we feel it is prudent for us to stop now before we go so far down the line that we cannot recover.
We are a small charity with an annual income of around £25,000 and this next year is looking bleak. We, like countless other charities, are worried about our survival.
The decision had to be made – either we could continue to help until we no longer could and then close; or we could to stop for now and try to recover when the world returns to some form of normal. We obviously want to continue Fletcher's Fund for as long as we can, and grants aren't the only form of support we offer.
We have decided to pause grant making for now – pressing our Pause button.
We want to try to ensure that we have a charity left at the end of this outbreak, so that we can continue making grants and continue our other work once it is safe to do so. We appreciate this will be a blow to the families we want to support, but we feel it really is our only option at the moment.
We will no longer accept new applications and this is effective immediately. So please do not send any more applications until we publish an update to say that we are open again. We really hope that it will be very soon but, as you will understand, it is out of our control.
I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news. All those who know me, and know us as a charity, will understand how difficult it is to write this post. But there's no other option without a sizeable injection of money.
This is not the end, of course. We're just hitting pause and going into hibernation so that, when this is over, we are still here to offer help, hold your hands and shine some love and light into tough situations.
Until then, I hope you take care, stay safe and keep well – and keep looking for those rainbows.