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Local charities facing collapse because of coronavirus

Local charities facing collapse because of coronavirus

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 19th March 2020.

There's a warning that small charities and good causes across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will collapse because of the coronavirus crisis.

  • A North Yorkshire charity is warning small charities and good causes face collapse because of coronavirus. 
  • Antibiotic Research UK works to tackle pandemic superbugs like coronavirus.
  • The charity says it has lost vital revenue and money from fundraising.  

A North Yorkshire charity, which works to beat pandemic superbugs like coronavirus, says it has already lost vital revenue.  

Antibiotic Research UK has also seen fundraisers stopped.   

The charity says events from bungee jumps to cake sales are still proving popular though.   

Professor Colin Garner, Chief Executive of Antibiotic Research UK, said:

"Without massive fundraising teams and big advertising budgets to spend on TV adverts, smaller charities are reliant on the kindness of individuals and groups who set themselves personal challenges or collectively raise cash within their community".

"Our kind of charity is performing a vital service to society - just as the many organisations providing carers or trying to help those in need like the homeless - are. Without us, lives would be lost. It's as straightforward as that."

"It is pitiful how little people know about such a perilous danger that could affect each and every one of us. With COVID-19, the world is actually seeing what a pandemic looks like and should we see a superbug with no medication at all to treat it, we are in dire trouble.

"Just because fundraising events are being cancelled, that is no excuse to curtail giving, in fact in our case it is a warning that we must all do more, or face millions of lives lost."