April Update

Volunteers

Over 100 volunteers have signed up to be part of the Do Some Good (DSG) network via the platform or the DSG ‘call centre’, operated by deverellsmith’s furloughed staff.

Offers to Date

The industry’s response to support the NHS has been overwhelming, with nearly 100 property companies offering a mixture of space, supplies, volunteers, and logistical support. Below are examples of some of the amazing donations we have received to date:

  • Oxford Properties has offered parking and storage spaces, as well as emergency stock supplies across their Central London Portfolio
  • Greystar has offered vacant apartments and student units as accommodation for at-risk groups
  • The Lowy Group has made available extensive office space to support NHS workers
  • Roomservice by CORT has offered furniture
  • Loft has offered warehouses in Manchester and London, as well as a fleet of trucks to deliver furniture and food
  • Ackroyd Lowrie has offered office space and storage in London
  • RPB has made available free tax return services for retired doctors who have returned to the frontline to combat the virus
  • F3 Group has offered bespoke construction and project management software
  • MARCOL has offered 5 buildings including an 8,400 SF warehouse
  • Beigel Bake, a bagel shop in Brick Lane is donating 200 bagels per day, with London estate agencies delivering these bagels to hostels and NHS workers
  • Olympia Estates has offered 5 properties to the NHS

PPE & Volunteers Still Needed

It is not just the NHS that is desperately seek our support. The social care sector has around 450,000 beds (three times the amount of the NHS) and the crisis has had a damaging effect on the sector.

The safety of the sector’s residents and staff is essential – they urgently require PPE to prevent the spread of the virus as well as volunteers and care workers to support the current care teams that are working tirelessly.

Avnish Goyal, Chair of Hallmark Care Homes and National Care Force, commented, “COVID-19 is having a huge impact on sickness rates within the sector and also on our resident group; older people, who have an average age of between 80 and 90 years old, and are obviously the most vulnerable generation hit by Coronavirus.”

Domestic abuse charities have also seen a spike in cases as victims are forced to stay inside and are unable to escape their abuser; families require residential properties to take refuge for a safer environment.

Thanks to an anonymous donor and a quick response from the DSG team led by Debra Yudolph, we were able to help 10 families that are victims of domestic abuse. Within 24 hours of the enquiry, the families were provided with safe housing.

Charity Fundraising

During these unprecedented times, one area that is highly impacted is charity fundraising. Each DSG founding organisation has picked a charity to support during the pandemic and are actively raising funds. The charities include: KIDS, St Mungo’s, Accumulate, Coram and NHS Charities Together.

You can head over to the Charity Fundraising page to donate.

Accommodation near Nightingale Hospital

Finally, the Nightingale Hospital is under immense pressure to treat those infected by the virus. To prevent further spreading to the families of key workers and NHS staff, they have requested residential space within walking distance to the hospital. We urge those who can contribute to step forward and support the nation through this troubled time.

If you would like to support our initiative in any way, please contact the DSG team at: volunteer@do-some-good.co.uk.

Thank you,

The DSG team