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Mark Russell, CEO of the Children's Society, on Covid-19’s impact on charities. Plus, how chaplains are helping out-of-work musicians and actors

03 April 2020

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Charities have launched emergency appeals for donations to help the most vulnerable, at home and abroad, during the coronavirus crisis.

Much of the third sector have seen a significant drop in funds, just at the time when the people they help need them most.

The Children’s Society has launched an appeal to raise funds to protect the vulnerable children and young people it works with. You can donate to it at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/lifeline.

On this week’s podcast, Ed Thornton speaks to the Children’s Society’s chief executive, Mark Russell, about the appeal and about how the charity has radically changed how it works so that it can continue to support vulnerable children and young people.

Also on this week’s podcast, Ed speaks to Church Times news reporter Maddy Fry about the difficulties facing Christian actors and musicians, many of whom currently have no work. She tells him about the work that chaplains in the creative industries are doing to support people in the theatre and music communities.

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