PTSD UK joins #GivingTuesday 2021, the global day of generosity taking place on 30 November
PTSD UK is thrilled to announce that we’re one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on 30 November.
Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to give back to good causes, either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.
Over the last 18 months the global pandemic has created a rising demand in our services, but also a significant reduction in donations as many traditional fundraising opportunities have been shut off. Giving Tuesday is a chance to secure our future in the post-pandemic world.
PTSD UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder – no matter the trauma that caused it. We believe that supportive and reliable knowledge really is power when it comes to PTSD. If you understand the types of trauma that can cause PTSD, the physical, mental and emotional symptoms that are experienced, and, most importantly, the treatments that can help you, then you’ll be able to start down the path to recovery when you’re ready.
We know first-hand that PTSD can make you feel helpless, alone and isolated from those around you. So, we hope that knowing that someone understands a little more about it, is able to empathise with how you feel and will be patient with you, will help you feel more in control and ready to tackle it head on.
PTSD UK is here to provide resources and tools to inspire empowerment and resilience in everyone affected by PTSD, to help them work towards recovery. We campaign to raise awareness of the condition, reach out to high-risk communities, help shape UK healthcare policies, and give everyone the belief that ‘Tomorrow CAN be a new day‘ – but our work relies entirely on donations from our generous supporters – we receive no funding at present.
In 2020 #GivingTuesday was the top trending item on UK Twitter and generated more than 360 million impressions. In the UK, more than £20 million was raised in online donations, more than ever before.
Jacqui Suttie, Founder and CEO of PTSD UK said, “We are so grateful to all our supporters – we know this has been a really tough time for them too – so any support is so gratefully received, whether it is donating money, purchasing something from our Supporters Store, starting a fundraiser, or just amplifying your support for PTSD UK: any act of Giving can make all the difference to us.”
Andy Frain, #GivingTuesday UK Lead at the CAF, adds: “We’re all looking forward to moving on from the pandemic as soon as it is safe to do so, but it’s so important we remember the work done to help keep communities going over the last year and a half.
Giving Tuesday is a great chance to Give Back to the charities and causes that we care about, and thank them for overcoming some immense challenges over the course of this pandemic.”
Find out more about how to donate, or find out how you can help support PTSD UK.
To find out more about #GivingTuesday, and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.givingtuesday.org.uk/
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