COPE Galway issues urgent appeal during coronavirus crisis

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COPE Galway has issued an urgent appeal for support from the people as their services continue to run at full steam during the coronavirus pandemic.

COPE operates frontline services for people in Galway who are homeless, living with domestic abuse, and older people who are more vulnerable than ever thanks to the spread of coronavirus.

Sharon Fitzpatrick, COPE Galway’s Head of Development said, “We are doing everything we can to support those who need us but we can’t do this alone.

“We are appealing to the people of Galway, who have always been so supportive, to help us meet the needs of vulnerable people in our Community during this crisis.” 

Just some of the ways in which COPE is helping out during the current crisis include helping vulnerable groups self-isolate, providing home delivered meals to older people, and helping those same people with their isolation through providing practical help and phone contact.

COPE is also distributing practical information to older people, and ramping up its support for the homeless during this time with more fresh cooked meals and food hampers for homeless families.

The strict measures which have been imposed on the public life to limit the spread of the virus have choked off many of COPE’s regular fundraising avenues, leading to this appeal for online support.

People who want to help can go to to either make a donation online or buy a fresh home delivered meal for an older person who is currently unable to get their own.

“We are so impressed with the offers of help and assistance already coming in from the Galway community during this crisis,” Sharon Fitzpatrick said.

“However, now more than ever, we continue to need your help. Our staff couldn’t do the work we do without the generosity of the Galway people – our donors, supporters and our volunteers, who are so essential to our services.”

“Please visit our Coronavirus Appeal webpage and see how you can help.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support, especially during this time of unprecedented need.”