The Covid 19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging for us all and there has been a real increase in mental health issues and substance misuse, especially alcohol abuse. This has made 2020 one of the most challenging years The Matthew Project Charity have ever faced. And, whilst they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, the impact will be felt for months and years to come. Andy Sexton CEO says “At a time when our services are needed most by both children and adults across East Anglia our funding is under pressure”.
That is why we are taking part in a nationwide campaign called The Big Give Christmas Challenge, backed by celebrities such as Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Michael Palin and Ed Balls to name just a few.
From 12pm on Tuesday 1st December until 12pm on Tuesday 8th December, The Matthew Project are asking for your Christmas donations and there’s a bonus. Every £5 donated will be doubled with secured match funds. This means donors have the chance to double donations with twice the impact and give the gift of hope to people struggling with the issues surrounding drug and alcohol misuse.
Established 36 years ago, The Matthew Project supports children whose parents have substance misuse issues, teenagers learning about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, young people engaged in moving forwards with education, training or employment, adults in recovery, parents whose children take drugs and don’t want to stop, and veterans with PTSD. At any one time, The Matthew Project could be working with up to 500 people in 1-2-1 support so their service is very much in demand.
One service user said “Wow I am so overwhelmed with all the support I am receiving right now. I have never experienced anything like this before it’s just so wonderful to be believed so I really have so much respect and lots of trust towards you all. I promise I’ll will always be honest – your support deserves that from me and because I really need this recovery however long it takes. Thank you you’re all very special people, I am honoured to have met you all”.
If you would like to make a donation please go to www.donate.thebiggive.org.uk/campaign and help The Matthew Project help those that need them now more than ever with a £5 donation.
Thank you and Happy Christmas from everyone at The Matthew Project!