At this time of great worry and uncertainty for us all, we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are in good health.

During these challenging weeks for Newham, what has stood out is how as a community we pull together, and are stronger together. This only happens because of individuals like you.

At The Renewal Programme, we're still working hard to help some of our most vulnerable residents members. And because of the scale of this crisis, this means we are doing even more than normal.

The urgent need for food parcels is unprecedented. Our weekly food bank for refugees and migrants has grown to a twice a week hub, providing urgent relief packs to all of our most vulnerable community members. This includes older people, people who are homeless and of course as we did before, those with no recourse to public funds who relied on us before, and now more than ever.

Those at greatest risk from social isolation, or who have limited family or support networks to help them are the highest priority. We're doing everything possible to make sure as a community we are protecting the most vulnerable. But we are stronger together, and we need your help to do this.

This pandemic is already placing a strain on our resources like never before. There are more people to help, and less money to do it with. Now is the time for our community to band together for those who need us most. This is why we are turning to you today.

Please will you be there for your fellow community members by making a donation today?

"A gift of £17.50 could help provide an emergency relief pack for one week"

As we recover from the effects of the nation stockpiling, we're struggling to keep our shelves full. Food bank donations of food and nappies are down, and so we need to buy what we're missing. We also ensure fresh fruit and veg is available and as we cannot store that on site, we need to order it weekly.

And the rest of our work continues too:

- Our hostels remain open, providing supported housing - a safe place - for people who have no-where else to go.

- Our carers that we support are going to be under considerably more stress as they need to self-isolate yet continue to provide care for loved ones; we need to be there for them more than ever.

- Our teachers continue to provide lessons via distance learning. Many students benefit from the group learning, but that is simply not possible so our teachers are working harder than ever to help students learn English as a second language and maths.

Today, more than most, I am hoping we can count on you.

You can make a difference today. By making a gift you will be helping to keep our hostels clean, our food bank shelves stocked, and our carers supported. You will be showing solidarity with your local community.

The Renewal Programme has been providing these services for 50 years. We don't intend to stop that over the coming weeks and months. But to be there for members of our community who need us most we need your help, and we hope that if you are in a position to help, please give a donation today.