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The Telegraph launches coronavirus charity appeal

The news brand launches a special appeal to protect those left most in need by the pandemic.

Coronavirus has dominated the front pages and lead stories of news across the world with the growing number of sick becoming an inescapable number, but what about those who will continue to suffer long after the virus has gone?

In these extraordinary times, The Telegraph has launched a special appeal to address the needs of those who will be left most affected by the virus’ aftermath:

“The collapsed businesses, the families forced on to a welfare state they had always paid into but never dreamed they themselves might one day depend on, the children suddenly plunged into poverty, and elderly and vulnerable left with nowhere to turn.” 

Its chosen charity during this time is Turn2Us who have supported people through the 1918 flu pandemic and two world wars. Turn2Us estimates that around 290,000 households now face an uncertain future due to no fault of their own, including some 246,000 children.

The charity gives millions of pounds each year in direct grants to those most in need as well as running a helpline and online benefits calculator to direct claimants to the benefits they may be entitled to.

Within just 72 hours of launching their appeal The Telegraph was able to raise an astounding £200,000 for Turn2US.

Find out more about the appeal or donate here.

Sam Hudson 27/03/20

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