For less than the price of a pint – or whatever your drink of choice – help a journalist in distress . . . That’s the plea from the Journalists’ Charity in its campaign to increase awareness of what it does and to encourage regular donations by journalists to help their colleagues in need.
The charity – unique in that it is run by journalists for journalists (and their dependants) – has named the campaign Your Round? Change someone’s life for the price of a drink.
For a donation of £3 per month, journalists can contribute towards the charity’s work in running its retirement and care homes at Dorking, Surrey, and in making grants (£300,000 to 130 cases in 2016) to ease such problems as ill health, the break-up of a relationship, redundancy or plain bad luck. Recent recipients of grants include a retired foreign correspondent, a former theatre and film critic, and the widow of a football writer.
No two cases are the same, no reasons are the same, no needs are the same. What they all have in common is that there is no-one else they can turn to for support.
The charity – formerly known as the Newspaper Press Fund and founded in 1864 by Charles Dickens and others – works with other charities including NUJ Extra, the Printing Charity and Stepchange to ensure the best help and advice are available.
Sue Ryan, chair of the Journalists’ Charity, says: “We’re looking for a commitment of only £3 per month – less than the price of pint or glass of wine. It’s a cheap round but one that can really transform the lives of people and we hope that journalists across the UK embrace the
To support the campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Journalists’ Charity, go to www.journalistscharity.org.uk