The outbreak of COVID-19 is a national emergency. However, the people supported by Hestia are already in a crisis, fleeing domestic abuse, recovering from modern slavery or a mental health crisis. These crises do not stop, they get worse.

Hestia are looking to raise money to provide essential care packages to the thousands of people they support across London and the South East. These packages will include essential items like food, nappies, cleaning equipment and entertainment so families can stay safe and well during isolation. As families self-isolate, instances of domestic abuse will rise. Hestia and other organisations are still providing support, and right now the mums and children in Hestia's refuges need help to buy food, other essentials and activities for their children during lock down.

For people recovering from a mental health crisis, now is also a particularly difficult time. We're urgently providing essential care packages to our service users across our mental health services, so we are able to alleviate anxieties and ensure they remain safe and well during this period. Your donations can make a big impact to Hestia in this unprecedented time’

Julie Trafford