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After postponing our respite breaks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have now launched an urgent appeal for support.

We have provided free five-day respite breaks for UK children living in a wide variety of difficult circumstances since 1992. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone breaks indefinitely for the first time in our 28-year history.

Now facing a loss of income due to cancelled events, closed shops and nationwide economic uncertainty, we are asking for help from the public to ensure that breaks can continue as soon as possible, once it is safe.

“On Friday 20 March 2020, for the first time in our history, all CHICKS breaks stopped,” commented CHICKS Head of Respite Breaks, Oliver Boyce. “Alongside this, a lot of our fundraising plans have had to be cancelled or postponed. We are now asking for all those who believe in the difference CHICKS can make to children’s lives to please continue supporting the charity over the months to come.”

Oliver and the rest of our team are concerned about the large number of children and young people who will need to access our breaks once reinstated, which is why we're pleading for local communities to continue to support us while breaks are on hold.

“The coronavirus outbreak presents unique challenges to young people living in a variety of difficult circumstances,” Oliver added.

“Children living in poverty may go without food as their family struggles financially and schools are closed, young carers face the responsibility of buying supplies for their loved ones while supermarkets fight to keep up with demand, and children who have lost a family member may find it even more difficult during times of isolation.”

As a national charity which receives no government support, we rely entirely on the generous contributions of individuals, companies, trusts, foundations and communities to provide our vital service to vulnerable young people.

Oliver concludes: “It's you who can ensure that countless children and young people who face serious and worsening challenges over the coming weeks are able to return to CHICKS for a break the moment it is safe to do so.”

“Your help is needed now, more than ever. Whether you're able to give £2, £10 or £500, every single pound will mean a happy memory is made in future.”

If you are able to help with a contribution, visit www.chicks.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal to donate today. You can also text CHICKS to 70085 to make a one-off donation of £10 (this costs £10 plus your standard rate message).

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