As we prepare for what we believe will be the toughest winter to date for the homeless in the UK, D2 Rail are doing our bit to help raise funds for our chosen charity the Mustard Tree. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mustard Tree have kept their doors open within public health guidelines and have seen unprecedented numbers in need of their support. Primarily their focus is helping those on the streets however, since the pandemic hit, they’ve discovered a new community of people also in need of their support. This included the vulnerable and elderly in isolation, and local residents who have fallen on hard times through job losses and a sustained period of furlough and school closures.
To give you an idea of the challenges the charity has faced, the Mustard Tree supported 4,648 families during the first three months of lockdown. The people of Manchester visited the charity in their droves for additional help and 14,500 food parcels were circulated over the three-month period. In addition to food, toiletries and clothes were also provided to over 1000 people living in extreme poverty.
These key workers have been a fantastic support to so many people in their time of need, and to help them continue their great work D2 Rail decided to complete a Step Challenge Fundraiser. Throughout November and December three teams have been competing to walk, run and cycle as far as possible. Donations have been made by each participating stepper, and D2 Rail have matched this amount taking the total so far to £560. We are now at the final push, and with the challenge concluding on Sunday we are asking our dear colleagues and friends to give whatever you can to help support this amazing charity. A suggested donation of £5 would be greatly appreciated but whatever you can give, please do as every penny counts during these hard times.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so via our JustGiving page.
All our thanks
The D2 Rail Team
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