A brain tumour charity, based out of Bristol, have launched an urgent fundraiser to help it stay afloat.
Brain Tumour Support cares for patients and families across Somerset, Bath and beyond, but say they're 'heartbroken' that they could leave hundreds of vulnerable people without support if they're unable to raise vital funds over the next two months.
The charity has also had to furlough a large portion of their staff, as well as suspend some of the services nationwide.
Tina Mitchell Skinner founded the charity 17 years ago after losing her husband to a tumour and said:
“It breaks my heart to know that there are patients and families out there that need our help but we do not have resources to support them.
"Brain Tumour Support has grown every year to help more people.
"We had exciting plans to further extend our support services and then the pandemic hit.
"This also coincided with funding from Macmillan England coming to an end, so for us it was a double blow.
"We rely solely on voluntary donations and have an amazing army of fundraisers, but most of the events and activities they were planning have had to be cancelled or postponed, so our income has plummeted.”
The charity has also seen a rise in demand for its services, while the lockdown has not only increased isolation for brain tumour patients, but also delayed their ability to receive diagnoses or treatment.
Brain Tumour Support say they've adapted their services to continue providing support, including keeping its telephone support line and on-line support forum open for the time being.
But their support services aren't at the level they were prior to the coronavirus pandemic and for that they require urgent donations.
Mrs Mitchell Skinner added:
“We are currently working with over 1,500 patients and carers requiring critical and intensive support with many more waiting for help.
“As well as patients who need our help, many NHS staff are also supported by us, as we provide a service that they simply do not have the resources to provide.
"We know these are challenging times for many people, but we are calling on you to consider making a donation, however much you can afford.
"Supporting us with a donation now, more than ever, will enable us to navigate through this devastating period so that we can survive, and continue to provide our crucial services now, and in the future.”
(Sammie and her children (pictured) received bereavement counselling and say 'thank you' is never enough. Picture credits: Brain Tumour Support)
If you are interested in donating to the appeal you can do so by clicking here.