YSS is delighted to have received a donation of £5,000 towards its Discretionary Distress Fund, from Severn Trent.

The Discretionary Distress Fund is ensuring that those individuals and families who are facing real financial hardship during the Coronavirus crisis, have access to essential items such as food, toiletries, clothing, or mobile data which enables them to keep in touch with loved ones by phone.

Catherine Kevis, YSS Chief Executive, said: “It is always the most vulnerable people who bear the brunt in these situations - and we are continuing to see an increase in the number of requests for help from people who are struggling to make ends meet. Our Discretionary Distress Fund is ensuring that we can respond quickly to meet their needs and we’re very thankful to Severn Trent for supporting us.”

Daisy Powell, Community Fund Manager at Severn Trent said: “We’re really pleased that our fund has helped support YSS and the amazing work they’re doing in our community, by looking after those who need it the most during these troubling times.”

Cara*, 23 said: “I haven’t worked for over a month and last week I wasn’t able to pay my shopping bill but YSS helped me out with enough to keep me going, which was such a huge relief.”

The YSS Discretionary Distress Fund has so far raised £7,500 thanks to a recent donation of £2,500 from Worcester Community Foundation, on behalf of the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. This has enabled the charity to help 14 people and their families, including those with young children, in just under three weeks.

For further information about how YSS is helping during the Coronavirus, please see: https://www.yss.org.uk/appeal/donate-to-support-yss