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First appeal Update (GoFundMe)

Do you know somebody who can do a sponsored challenge to support Tarian Cymru?

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Thank you so much for supporting health and care workers through the Tarian Cymru appeal.

Over the coming weeks the work will continue – because there’s still a huge need for PPE in our care homes and NHS Wales sites.

The S4C magazine programme Heno did a superb item about Tarian Cymru. Watch Heno here starting from 19:30, with subtitles in English.

Do you know somebody who can do a sponsored challenge to support Tarian Cymru?

Other people are cycling, walking, running, taking photos, shaving their hair off and more… to raise money for PPE.

Read this guide, and pass it on.

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Care homes: the need

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Some areas of Wales have not reached a peak number of Covid-19 cases. According to some estimates, certain areas in Wales could be one month away from their peak.

Workers and residents at care homes in Wales are NOT being tested for Covid-19, as a matter of official policy. They cannot find out if they are infected by the virus.

Some people reading this update have family who are affected. People are dying.

Care home workers regularly don’t have protective equipment.

This week we’re contacting more workers at care homes and domiciliary support services across Wales – to offer PPE free of charge. We’re able to reach more of the sector now, thanks to a data set of 1451 sites we’ve received.

A lot of people are affected. Think about the residents, service users, workers, and all of their households and families.

Our communication with, and provision to, workers at NHS Wales hospitals and other sites also continues.

Here is one message from many that I need to share with you:

“Antur Waunfawr supports 75 adults with learning disabilities, many of whom are in the ‘high risk’ category should they develop Covid-19 symptoms.”

“We were struggling to find adequate supplies of PPE for our support workers, and heard that Tarian Cymru may be able to help with our appeal. We filled in a short questionnaire online… and in no time Tarian Cymru had sourced and donated visors and FFP2 masks for us. We’re so grateful for their support and we would recommend any health workers in need of PPE to contact them.”

“Thank you Tarian Cymru and everyone that has supported their crowdfunding appeal!”

Thank you so much to the 862 people and groups who have helped health and care workers – through donating money to Tarian Cymru’s work in its first three weeks.

Thank you to the community groups, musicians, poets, activists, armchair auctioneers, actors, sports teams, choirs, and everybody else who has shared the campaign and raised money.

We’ve just reached the £50,000 target – but there is much still to be done.

The new target of £100,000 reflects the seriousness of the situation, and our hopes to meet more need.

Please share the link tarian.wales with at least two people you know today.

Photos: Tŷ Llandaff / Antur Waunfawr

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PPE: beyond the £20,000

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Dear Everybody

It looks like we will have serious PPE problems in Wales for some time.

Our health minister said there were ‘a few days’ full PPE left – and that was Tuesday, on BBC Wales News.

For the summer (at least) there will be need to be community responses for health and care workers – where official efforts have fallen short.

New target

You helped reach the target of £20,000 on Thursday night, and thank you so much.

We have immediately set a new target of £50,000.

The immediate need is ordering more medical gowns for our health workers. We’re distributing some already, but they go rapidly. We never sit on boxes of PPE.

Tarian Cymru has ordered these items: gloves, medical gowns, masks, and visors.

“We’re just using paper masks, and my heart missed a beat when I got the phone call. Thank you so much, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are.”
Anonymous, hospital in north Wales

Please: share, share, SHARE:
https://tarian.wales

See the Tarian Cymru blog for some ideas and inspiration.

The work

As well as ordering, Tarian Cymru has partnered with local manufacturing projects for visors, including Crymych Community Project and Ysgol Bro Morgannwg.

We are developing our distribution networks and teams to reach ALL of Wales’ hospitals, health, and care sites. Everybody is volunteering.

Having so much support – financial, practical, and moral – is so encouraging.

Every step of the way we’re sharing our supplier contacts with the authorities in Wales, and will adapt all activity based on need.

Above is a picture of Ward H, Morriston Hospital, Swansea this week.

Please share

Please share the Tarian Cymru website, tweets, and Facebook posts to encourage friends to donate.

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A few ideas on how to help health and care workers in Wales

Dear Friend

Tarian Cymru needs your help, to share the campaign – and help more health and care workers.

Together this week we broke through the £10,000 barrier. Thank you so much. Your generosity and love for our workers is overwhelming.

Care workers, we see you

Now that we’ve fulfilled the original target we have expanded to include workers in care homes and hospices, as well as those in NHS Wales. You’ve no doubt seen the news on the desperate situation for care workers. The new target is £20,000 to reflect this urgent need.

We’re not sitting on your donation money: it is being put to use straightaway on professional-standard equipment for workers.

The visors are being distributed today! We’ve also just placed a big order for medical gowns. These gowns give amazing protection and conform to strict international standards.

Next order

Now we need to order as many KN95/FFP2 masks as possible. The selected masks are NOT flimsy things from the hardware shop – they meet multiple strict quality standards. Health and care workers around Wales are routinely requesting these. It would be superb if we could order several thousand of them. That depends on budget.

Responding to need

Our volunteer team are liaising with health and care workers daily. If levels of need change across jobs and organisations then we will respond. If government, health boards, and other authorities are able to fulfil a need then we’ll move to address a need elsewhere.

Share the link

This is a powerful way to help. You can share the GoFundMe link. Alternatively the short version is tarian.cymru

Below are some ideas.

Friends and family

Plus encourage friends and family to donate, and to share the link.

Online spaces

Do you run a website, podcast, Facebook group, Twitter account, or other media – big or small? Perhaps you are in a WhatsApp group – of three people or more? Plus plug the campaign in this online space.

Groups and organisations

Are you part of a society, club, sports team, choir, political party grouping, place of worship, or similar? Please let your friends and colleagues know about the campaign. Ask whoever runs the communications to spread the message.

Musicians

Do you play music? Can you do an online gig? Can you raise funds? Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, Rio 18) and Gareth Bonello (Gentle Good) have released music on their Bandcamp pages, from which all proceeds will go to Tarian Cymru’s work. Diolch iddyn nhw!

Artists

Are you able to offer artwork – whether existing or a new commission? Our fundraising team, again all volunteers, are putting together an auction. Please consider being included, and contact us for a quick chat.

Other

If you have another idea for fundraising (quizzes, comedy, theatre, a lecture, a stunt, a happening, anything you can think of…) please start organising it. Just let us know about your plans via Twitter, Facebook, or email post@tarian.cymru

Every donation you can encourage will count. GoFundMe is the best way to collect payment. If you need to take payment via a different method then please contact us.

Auction

P.S. Tarian Cymru is doing an auction in partnership with some well known names.