Pregnancy Crisis Norfolk has had a generous response to its appeal for extra funding from supporters and churches after facing a cash shortfall.
The Norwich-based Christian charity, which offers confidential counselling and caring support to anyone in distress due to a crisis pregnancy, only had enough money left to carry on for four months before the appeal.
Director Biddy Collyer said: “A big thank you to all who have responded. Through your generosity, the regular giving has increased to about £12,000 per year. With gift aid, this will provide around 30% of our annual budget. This regular income plus additional one-off donations of just over £5,000 has made our future much more secure. We have also been sent a single donation of £5,000 towards salary costs.
“Last week we heard that Norwich Consolidated Charities have granted us £5,000 towards the cost of providing crisis pregnancy counselling. We will continue to apply to grant making trusts, but your loyal support has made a tremendous difference to us in the medium term.
“In the past year, the charity has been able to help 352 clients cope with a pregnancy crisis or come to terms with a pregnancy loss, plus answering 1043 telephone calls for help.
“However it is becoming more difficult to obtain external funding and we have not been successful in attracting significant new grants for two years,” said Biddy.
“We are getting an increase in referrals and are aware of an apparent shift in public opinion on the issue of abortion. We want to be able to meet the increase in demands for our services.
“To be able to continue to offer our services with integrity, maintaining our Christian ethos and core values, we need to treble our supporters’ income from Christian sources,” said Biddy.
“Our work would be impossible without our volunteers, our administrative costs are kept to a minimum and our paid staff work well in excess of their salaried hours.”