Mellor Country House Launches Appeal

Date: 04/05/2020
Author: Mellor Country House Charity
Company: Mellor Country House Charity

Mellor Country House Charity is appealing for donations to help cover its costs during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Groups, families, individuals and carers from the most deprived parts of Manchester, Salford and Stockport are normally able to take short breaks at Mellor Country House.

The House is now closed to visitors because of the lockdown, but the charity still has bills to pay. 

Margaret Powell, Chairperson and Fundraiser, said: "The restrictions required to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on us all, and unfortunately, and worryingly the majority of our funding has now dried up as it has with many charities. 

"As with any household we still face the running costs, bills still have to be paid. Over the last five years we have worked hard to build up reserves (for less than one year), but whatever we have in reserve will now be taken to cover our overheads which are approximately over £45,000, meaning everything we have managed to save will be gone.  

"We usually really enjoy the Annual Plant Sale and the community spirit it engenders, our highest profile event and biggest single fundraiser selling approximately £22,000 last year. All involved are extremely disappointed that this has been cancelled. At the same time, we have a great team who volunteer at the Etihad Stadium when Manchester City football team play at home, selling pies and pints, receiving 12% of the kiosk takings, raising over £15,000 for the home. Sadly this has also been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

"I am reaching out as we really do need help at this time. Please help if you can until we reopen and are back to being self-sufficient again."

If you would like to make a donation, visit https://mellorcountryhouse.co.uk and use the donate button to take you through to PayPal Giving.

All donations made will be received in full and will go into the pot to keep the home running. Mellor Country House will keep you informed as to how this develops through its Facebook pages.