National law firm Freeths has announced its partnership with the £500 Challenge, launched by The Care Workers’ Charity.
This fundraising campaign is aimed at encouraging businesses across the adult social care sector to commit to an annual donation of £500, the same as an average grant they award to a care worker experiencing financial hardship.
Social care is experiencing a workforce crisis, and it is important now more than ever organisations come together to recognise the immense value and tireless contributions of care workers across the UK. Freeths is contributing to this worthwhile cause to ensure that there is a helping hand for care workers in these difficult times.
Phil Baigent, Joint Head of the Freeths Care Team said:
“By signing up as a Founding Member, we hope to encourage other organisations to sign up themselves. Whilst we are proud to have supported the Care Workers Charity through other fundraising initiatives over the last few years, we are delighted to pledge our ongoing support. Whilst we work behind the scenes on corporate and real estate matters, it is of course the individual care workers who are the stars of the sector, who make a real difference to the lives of those they care for. It is imperative they are supported in their work, and we are glad to be even a small part of this.
“We urge organisations working in adult social care to accept this challenge and show that they really care about supporting the people who make up our essential workforce. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that care workers are supported to stay in their jobs and have a place to go in times of crisis.”
The Care Workers’ Charity is experiencing high demand for their services – since 2020 they have made over 6000 grants to care workers in crisis. If one in ten organisations providing and organising care in the UK accepted the £500 Challenge, they could raise £2.5 million per year to support care workers.
Karolina Gerlich, CEO of The Care Workers’ Charity added:
“We are extremely grateful to Freeths who have signed up as a Founding Member of our £500 Challenge. Every organisation who signs up and spreads the word is making it more likely that our charity can support care workers across the UK, providing the right support when it is needed most. We hope to sign up hundreds of businesses, ensuring that we have the funds we need to continue providing essential grants and mental health support in the years to come.”