Children’s charity Camp Simcha raises over £3m in a day

Chief executive Neville Goldschneider said he was ‘humbled’ by the support


Children’s charity Camp Simcha has raised over £3 million in the first day of a 36-hour virtual appeal.

The charity, which supports families affected by a serious childhood illness, has already received more than 18,800 donations during its appeal set to end later today.

Over 600 people came together to help the charity raise the sum - many of whom had at some point benefited from Camp Simcha's support. 

Chief executive Neville Goldschneider said the campaign had “ensured” its future.

“We are humbled by the support we have received and so grateful for the amazing success of this campaign, which has ensured we can continue to be there for each and every family that needs us.

“We do not know what the future holds, both in terms of fundraising, but also in terms of the impact delayed diagnoses could have on our referral numbers.”

Mr Goldschneider said the appeal gave Camp Simcha the “confidence” it needed to develop new services, including a mental health pilot project and more support for siblings.

The chief executive also said Camp Simcha had received growing demand for many services during the pandemic.

“Having a seriously ill child is painful and stressful in any circumstances, but Covid-19 has made everything so much more overwhelming and terrifying for our families.

“They are juggling their ill child’s complex medical needs with their other children, together with home-schooling during lockdown, their jobs and all the usual pressures of everyday life. 

“For some, there is also the stress of cancelled medical appointments for their child’s ongoing treatment, and emergency hospital admissions, made so much harder due to the one-parent policy," he said.

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