COVID-19 Response

At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
19th March 2020

We are normally an Africa small farm-based charity but, in the light of the global pandemic, we decided to diversify. With the help of local data collectors, we mapped the extraordinary response in the UK to Coronavirus, so that decisions and even policy could be based on better reality.

The project commenced in 2020 and lasted through to 2022. In summary, the goal was to build maps showing Covid-19 UK cases and good causes, to build hope, by showing the UK public some of the extraordinarily amazing work on the ground. These maps were built by our fantastic team of unpaid volunteers.

Through our UK maps, we illustrated the number of cases and deaths in every UK hospital, allowing anyone to track the spread of the virus in their community.

Among the grim statistics we looked to provide more hope by celebrating the incredible work people were doing to support the National Health Service. We also  supported people made vulnerable in the community by mapping who these incredible people were, where they were based, and what they were doing.

At our “Great Big UK Hope Map” we are plotted these wonderful people and outlined their projects. This could help anyone find charities and groups in their local area and donate to them directly through our map.

If today you just want to support a general charity or national theme, we have listed below some amazing groups.

At this video below, Rupert Douglas-Bate, chair of MapAid, explains the usual mission of the organisation in the Africa, as well our response, during the extraordinary times of Covid-19 in the UK and across the world.

Please partner with us and donate so together we may serve our normal cause of mapping to benefit for small farmers in Africa.

Charities worth supporting during this pandemic

The National Emergencies Trust

Working with local charities and distribution partners, The National Emergencies Trust has launched a fundraising appeal to ensure that financial support is delivered to those who need it most during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Support your local foodbank

The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of foodbanks providing emergency food to those in need. You can donate to them or to one of hundreds of local foodbanks available on Give as you Live Donate.

Help the homeless

Many people who are homeless - whether rough-sleeping or without permanent accommodation - lack access to washing facilities and santiser products. They may also be unable to self-isolate. They are therefore more vulnerable to the virus - charities including Crisis, Shelter and Centrepoint exist to help these people.

Support the vulnerable

Whilst self-isolating is critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it also presents a risk for victims of loneliness or domestic abuse. By donating to charities such as Age UK, British Red Cross and Refuge, you can help vulnerable people across the country.

Support our NHS team

The NHS is coming under a huge amount of strain as our amazing healthcare professionals treat those who have contracted COVID-19, with many former employees returning to the NHS to help share the load. You can help show your thanks for their incredible work by donating to NHS Charities Together, who support NHS staff, volunteers and trusts all across the country.

Help animal charities

The financial impact of COVID-19 has led to many pet owners turning to animal charities as they find themselves struggling to afford daily necessetities and vet fees. Your donation to charities such as RSPCA, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust can help them cope with the increased demand for their services.