Verity during lockdown

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During this period of lockdown, we are seeing a restriction in fundraising for the charity sector as the regular fun runs, bake sales and other in person sponsored events have been cancelled. We’re also seeing innovation around virtual ways to raise awareness of certain causes and raise funds to keep them going. One such scheme is the 2.6 Challenge happening this weekend when the 26.2 mile London Marathon should have been taking place, in order to save charities that are hardest hit during this time.

As an organisation, Verity has decided not to take part in this challenge.  We are an entirely volunteer-run charity, with minimal funds that come from fundraising, donations and sales of physical items such as information packs and wristbands. In normal times this can be quite a hindrance as we have no paid members of staff and due to a drastic drop in funding over the past 10 years+ we haven’t had a physical office space for quite some time. However, this has put us in a better position than most during these times as we have had to slim down and digitise much of what we do not only to reduce our outgoing spends but for practical reasons such as being able to turn out blog posts and digital newsletters much faster than a physical print publication. For this reason, we do not need to fundraise in order to pay staff wages or property rents and feel that those who wish to take part should be supporting our fellow charities who are in this difficult position.

Image of information packs being made by a volunteer using gloves and other protective measuresAs mentioned above, we make much of our funds via the sale of physical items on our website. We have had to temporarily remove these from the website as we have not been able to safely access the stock, make information packs and send these out. We are now in a position to start sending the packs again, but will still be hindered by volunteer and trustee time as well as post speed. At present all currently active Trustees are key workers and continue to do their volunteer Trustee duties in and around their ongoing day jobs.

There are also many other ways to support us without doing anything physical or even donating directly to us. As a charity, we are signed up to some donate as you shop schemes where the retailer donates some of the profits of your shop back to us. With many people doing most of their shopping and orders online at the moment it’s the perfect time to sign up with one of these schemes and help your selected charity keep going. You can find out more about these on the fundraising page on our website.

We have also been making sure to keep you informed about ways to manage your PCOS during lockdown with guest posts from Verity medical advisors and professional supporters. We are incredibly grateful that they have been able to give their time to support us as a community despite their own demanding day jobs. We hope to keep these posts going where people have time to do them and if you have a topic that you are concerned about and think should be covered then let us know through our social media channels or by emailing digital@verity-pcos.org.uk

Finally a massive thank you to our Local Support Group Leaders who have continued to connect digitally with their groups offering support and friendship when it is most needed. If you are not currently part of a local group then see our local groups page on the website for more information.