Comedian, Russell Kane, champions Manchester charity founder for her efforts to support children with learning disabilities
The comedian is supporting the National Emergencies Trust’s Charity Champs campaign appreciating the valuable contributions of charities and groups across the UK
Comedian, Russell Kane, has met with a Newton Heath-based children’s charity to hear how it has adapted to support families of children with learning disabilities through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The video chat was captured as part of a nationwide ‘Charity Champs’ campaign launched by the National Emergencies Trust (NET) this week. Backed by celebrities across the UK, the campaign acknowledges the incredible contribution charities and groups continue to make in their communities responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sherita Madongwe, a Social Worker and Founder of Dimobi Children’s Disability Trust, explains how the pandemic has brought extra challenges for families whose children have learning disabilities, from providing full time care at home to supporting their extra nutritional needs while they are not able to attend school.
Sherita describes how funding from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal has enabled the charity to set up a food bank that has supported more than 2000 families in the Manchester area, and provided PPE for additional volunteers to meet growing demand.
A former Manchester Be Proud Volunteer of the Year, Sherita is determined to ensure that the families the Dimobi Children’s Disability Trust works with get the support they need during this challenging time. She says: “I’m passionate and I’m not stopping.”
Russell Kane, comedian and regular on Channel 4 show, Steph’s Packed Lunch, expresses his surprise to learn that some children on the autistic spectrum will only eat certain foods and conveys his gratitude for the work of local charities like Sherita’s, saying: “It’s fantastic – thank goodness there are people like you in your community.’
The film shows the realities of balancing remote working with childcare as Russell momentarily disappears to check on his own child.
Dimobi Children’s Disability Trust is one of more than 13,000 projects funded by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal since its launch in March 2020 and one of more than 588 local projects to receive a grant from the Appeal through Forever Manchester. To-date the National Emergencies Trust’s appeal has raised nearly £97million and nearly £94million of this has reached communities.
Like the Dimobi Children’s Disability Trust, 32% of charities who received grants from the National Emergencies Trust have used funding to support their communities with food and vital essentials during the pandemic.
The NET Charity Champs campaign is being backed by celebrities from across the UK who are sharing videos and messages of support for charities’ efforts on social media using the hashtag #NETCharityChamps. A special compilation video features Sharon Osborne, Alesha Dixon, Keith Lemon, Miranda Hart and others who have all supported the National Emergencies Trust over the last year.
Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “For nearly a year now people in charities and groups all around the UK have put others’ needs before their own to help those hard-hit by the pandemic. The creativity and compassion they’ve shown in the face of such difficult times is truly inspirational. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and thank champs like Dimobi Children’s Disability Trust for their efforts and we’re so pleased that Russell and others have been keen to join us.’
To watch Russell and Sherita’s chat click here: https://youtu.be/frIhdqYMxHI
To read and watch more stories about #NETCharityChamps visit: https://nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/charity-champs/