When it became clear that vulnerable and older people, together with some NHS staff, were finding it difficult or even impossible to shop for groceries amid the panic-buying period, all of the supermarkets stepped in to offer dedicated times for shopping for these people.Some like Asda expanded this to ensure that other key-workers such as hospice staff were included in this priority shopping scheme. Donated transport servicesGiven that many NHS and social care staff need to travel at all times of the day or night, and some are concerned about the risks of catching or spreading (given so few have been tested for coronavirus) the virus on public transport, some taxi companies have stepped in to donate free lifts. Donating meals to NHS staffFeeding NHS staff while they worked long hours became the object of many campaigns. NHS staff found it difficult to access supermarkets for some time, not least because of their long shifts, and could not always get to staff canteens to eat a hot meal, depending on their shift.Many companies and individuals therefore are donating free meals to keep them fed and healthy. Corporate donationsMany companies have responded by making donations to the major coronavirus fundraising appeals. Companies large and small are supporting charities and the people they help amid the grip of coronavirus.These are just some of the many different ways in which support is being given. Sometimes it is cash, sometimes products or donated skills. 590 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Corporate donations and support to tackle coronavirus Donated entertainment Over 65’s are being offered free online bingo sessions to help them stay connected and provide entertainment every day during the coronavirus lockdown.GalaBingo.com has been providing games free of charge for those aged 65 or over since 30th March “until the lockdown is lifted”. The site will host two free bingo sessions every day, from 10.30-11.30am, and again at 5.30-6.30pm.Players will also be able to join chatrooms to speak to others, helping them to stay connected through what these difficult times.The company will also be giving out £50 shopping vouchers to help people who are struggling. Gala players are being asked to nominate deserving people in the community via the site.GalaBingo.com has been charity partner to 52 Lives for three years raising over £320,000. During this period of lockdown they are inviting players to support the cause by playing special games every evening, where 100% of the proceeds go directly to those in need. The charity, which changes someone’s life for the better every week of the year with a focus on kindness, is currently supporting various causes, including elderly care homes and people struggling with self-isolation. Free parkingCharging NHS workers to park at their place of work has been a political debate for some time. The impact of coronavirus on NHS workers resulted in some resolution of that issue, together with parking companies providing free parking to them About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. More coronavirus support and fundingFinance sector bolsters battle against COVID-19 (8 April 2020)Virtual fundraising ideas during the coronavirus lockdown (30 March 2020)Funding to tackle COVID-19 and its impact (23 March 2020) Others are giving to specific charities.For example evian is donating €600,00 to the Red Cross to support urgent needs and supplies. Specifically it will support Red Cross teams in France, USA, UK and Switzerland, with the donation split equally across each market.Others are making use of their customer base and reach. 589 total views, 1 views today Donated medical suppliesAfter announcing that the Glastonbury Festival 2020 was cancelled this year festival co-organisers Emily and Michael Eavis decided to donate its unused hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks to NHS staff and emergency service workers. Supermarkets’ supportThe role of supermarkets in keeping the nation fed, despite widespread panic-buying and the greater needs of vulnerable or isolated people, has doubtless helped reduce greater panic.In addition all the major supermarket companies have either continued their existing charitable support or expanded it, sometimes considerably. Photo: Kristof Vadino, MSF AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Howard Lake | 14 April 2020 | News Tagged with: coronavirus corporate fundraising COVID-19 Morrisons will distribute £10 million worth of food between March and July to the UK’s food banks during the coronavirus outbreak. As the UK’s largest fresh food manufacturer it will do so by increasing production at its own 14 manufacturing sites, providing more baked goods, eggs, fruit and vegetables, and increasing its packing site hours by an hour a day. The Co-op is donating £1.5 million to the UK’s largest food redistribution charity Fare Share.Lidl is donating thousands of fresh fruit and vegetable bags to NHS staff.Tesco is donating £30 million of support to its charity partners, include the Trussell Trust, FareShare and £2 million to the British Red Cross. Digital platforms’ appealsMany digital platforms created their own appeal, relevant to their audience. Some matched donations received by these funds.This was the approach taken by some of the major tech companies following previous disasters, such as Apple after the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the Boxing Day Tsunami.Music streaming service Spotify created its COVID-19 Music Relief fund to help support musicians and artists. It promised to match up to $10 in donations. Fintech company Revolut is partnering with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) / Doctors without Borders to provide support for communities affected by coronavirus. Revolut customers in EEA countries will be able to donate via the in-app Donations feature to help those most in need during this pandemic. The company has 10 million users in total. Facebook’s supports includes $100m to support journalism, already under financial pressure before the pandemic: More ideas for corporate givingThe scale of the challenge for charities and for people who need their support is vast, so it’s time to think differently but practically.